Master of the Gathering of the Manna act. 1460–1470
The Gathering of the Manna
oil on panel (67 × 51 cm) — c. 1467
15. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
The two men to the right are thought to be Moses and Aaron. Aaron is dressed in the outfit of priests: a white gown and a point-shaped hat. They look on as the people gathers the manna from heaven.
The long journey through the desert had left the Jewish people hungry. They started complaining about Moses's leadership. God then had the manna fall from the sky, white bread that tasted like honey.
This oak panel was painted by an unknown master who probably was active in Leiden between 1460 and 1470. Art historians use the subject of this panel for his 'notname', lacking properly documented information.