The artist could be considered the emblem of the pictorial skill accumulated during the seventeenth century by the best Neapolitan workshops and also an example of virtuosity. His creations are impressive because of their compositional boldness, effective use of light and dramatic intensity. Here Solimena uses his wide range of resources for a narrative in which the harshness of God's punishment of the sinners contrasts with His mercy towards the repentant.
Attributed to Francesco Solimena (1657-1747)
The Miracle of the Bronze Serpent
Oil / canvas
Extended loan from the Museo Nacional del Prado
Reg. no. 130.757