Bust of Moses - Item #171
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
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WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
32 Inches High x 16 Inches Wide x 21 Inches Deep
This bust is from Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses that measures 8 feet 4 inches (100 inches) high. Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to create his tomb, but the complex design that included over 40 statues was never completed. Michelangelo instead created a relatively smaller tomb where his figure of Moses sits centered on the bottom tier. In the initial design, he would have been placed on the top tier where he would have been viewed from below. This original placement explains the elongated torso and the enlarged or emphasized details. The "horns" coming out of his head have been included in other depictions of Moses throughout the centuries. Their meaning has been widely debated due to the translation of a word in the Bible. The word, in the description of Moses after he received the commandments from God for the second time, could be translated as horns or as rays of light or glory. A beam of light can also be said to take the shape of a horn, which is another interpretation. Michelangelo is known to have considered Moses his favorite and most important work.
Museum/Location: San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
Time Period: Renaissance, c. 1513-1515
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"Michelangelo's Moses." Rome.info, http://www.rome.info/michelangelo/moses/.
"Moses (marble sculpture)." Khan Academy, https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/renaissance-reformation/high-ren-florence-rome/michelangelo/a/michelangelo-moses.