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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Charles Herbert Moore, American (New York, NY 1840 - 1930 Harley Witney, Hampshire, England)
After Taddeo Gaddi, Italian (active c.1325 - 1366)
Joseph's Blossoming Rod, from a Fresco by Taddeo Gaddi in the Church of Santa Croce at Florence
Other Titles
Former Title: Bird on a Rod
Work Type
c. 1877-1878
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Physical Descriptions

Watercolor and white gouache over graphite on off-white wove paper
39.1 x 28.3 cm (15 3/8 x 11 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, lower edge: C. H. M. ; black ink, l.r.: C. H. M. Nov 1877
  • inscription: lower edge, under image, graphite, signed, in artist's hand: From a Fresco by Taddeo Gaddi - Santa Croce, Florence / C. H. M.
  • inscription: l.r., black ink, signed, in artist's hand: From a fresco by Taddeo Gaddi / in the church of Santa Croce-- / Florence-- / C. H. M. Nov 1877


Recorded Ownership History
Fine Arts Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; transferred to Fogg Art Museum, 1926.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Fine Arts Department, Harvard University
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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This is a copy after a fresco depicting Joseph's staff blooming, in the Church of Santa Croce, Florence.

Publication History

  • Charles Herbert Moore, Catalogue, with Notes, of Studies and Fac-similes from Examples of the Works of Florence and Venice; and of Fac-similes and Original Works to be Used as Exercises in Drawing, Belonging to the Fine Arts Department of Harvard University, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 1878), p. 22, cat. 34
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 250, cat. 239

Exhibition History

  • Studies and Fac-similes from Examples of the Works of Florence and Venice..., Harvard Art Club, Cambridge, 12/01/1878 - 12/31/1878

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