Michelangelo's Moses

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Michelangelo's Moses

Michelangelo's MosesThis is the last of Michelangelo's projects for the tomb which Pope Julius commissioned in 1506. The pope wanted his monument to be exemplary and Michelangelo planned a burial chamber that would be a truly architectonic structure, with statues of the old and new testament figures at different levels.

At the top, above the others, there would be Julius and around him allegorical figures showing the arts and the virtues in triumph over the vices. The monument was changed frequently because of difficulties with the Pope's heirs and, when finished in the years 1542 -1545, it was greatly reduced in comparison with the original and placed not in St. Peter's but in this church where Julius had been cardinal.
The statue of Moses was sculpted during the years when Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel. You see Moses as he glares irately at the Jews after coming down from Mt. Sinai with the Tables of the Law. The extraordinary force of this figure, the tension in the veins and muscles, the posture and the furious expression, have rightly made this Moses one of the most admired masterpieces of all time.
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