Restoration of Michelangelo's Moses

Featured Restoration: Moses by Michelangelo

Massachusetts State Court House, Worcester

Spring 2010

The Moses sculpture arrived with severe structural damage.

Metal pipes were added to restore structural integrity of the sculpture.

The most damaged plaster was replaced with clay to restore it to its original form.

A rubber mold with a plaster shell was made of the new form.

Stainless steel metal bars were added internally for additional support.

The new form was cast and integrated back into the original sculpture.

Moses was set on his back to add even more support inside.

View of the inside from the bottom, with the new structural support in place.

View of the restored back, seamlessly integrated into the original.

Color/patina was added to the new pieces and touched up on the existing sculpture.

The Giust Gallery (now the Caproni Collection) / Skylight Studios staff seen with Moses before delivery to the State Court House.

Sculptor and owner of the Caproni Collection (formerly the Giust Gallery), Robert Shure touches up Moses during the re-installation at the State Court House.

The completed restoration.