Moses – Michelangelo

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Background:

The Moses sculpture was created by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It was completed in 1515 and is made of carrara marble. It is located in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. It was made for the tomb of Pope Julius II and represents the biblical figure of Moses with horns on his head

Interpretation:

The Moses sculpture is a large figure nearly eight feet tall. Moses is shown with muscular arms and an angry intense look. He has the tablets with the Ten Commandments under his arm that he just received from his encounter with God on Mt. Sinai. The figure shows Moses’ pent up energy. Many say he is angry after seeing the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. In comparison to other seated sculptures, Michelangelo’s work is far more lifelike, powerful and full of energy.

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