In the tradition of the images of battles previously renewed by Leonardo in his Battle of Anghiari, Titian offers a complex narrative. The well balanced picture is centered on the waves, sufficiently stormy on the left to engulf a whole army of horsemen and quiet enough on the right to lead the Israelite refugees on a peaceful coast.
Moses manages this epic operation with his long rod. Near him a dog defecates, symbolizing the fact that the enemy is only deserving scorn. This detail displays the hatred of the Venetians for the Imperial troops at the time of the war of the Holy League.
The joints between the twelve blocks are finely accurate without miss or overlap and the unidentified engraver, who was probably not the artist himself, assembled the twelve sheets with the utmost care. This technical feat is perhaps one of its kind at that time.
Complete surviving copies are very scarce. One of them characterized by a very beautiful contrast was sold for $ 850K including premium by Christie's on January 30, 2013 over a lower estimate of $ 250K. On January 25 in New York, Christie's sells another example with a nice uniformity in the execution, lot 77 estimated $ 200K.
SOLD for $ 620K before fees