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The Ferrarese School preferred strong lines and areas of monochrome light colours.

This style can easily be recognised in Lodovico Mazzolinos picture of the Passage through the Red Sea.

There is something touchingly nave in the way Mazzolino painted all the small figures in various attitudes full of movement.

Moses and the Hebrews stand on the bank of the Sea of reeds, to the right.

Moses led Israel away from the Sea of Reeds and into the desert of Shur.

The passage over the Red Sea was a welcome theme for painters, whereas the plagues of Egypt though spectacular were less so.

Yahweh then said to Moses that he would inflict one more plague on Pharaoh, after which the king surely would let Israel go away. The Israelites did as Yahweh had told them, asked the Egyptians for silver and golden jewellery, and clothing. The Israelites had stayed in Egypt four hundred and thirty years.

The cloud was dark and the night passed without one army nearing the other.

God then installed the feast of Passover for the Hebrews. It was still dark when Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and told them, Leave my subjects, you and the Israelites. The Israelites left Egypt fully armed, but Yahweh did not lead the people on the road to the Philistines territory but in a roundabout way through the desert of the Sea of Reeds.

When Pharaoh King of Egypt was told that the people had fled, he and his officials changed their attitude towards the Israelites.

Mazzolino presented his scene at the moment that Pharaoh and his army are overwhelmed in the sea. Pharaoh is the only one standing high on a drowning horse so that he almost jumps in the air to desperately avoid being drowned too.

Mazzolino had no idea how Egyptian soldiers could have been dressed in Moses time so he more or less depicted the figures as Muslims with turbans, white broad trousers and harnesses of leather. Mazzolino may have recalled these details from the picture in the Sistine Chapel.

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