Michelangelo's Moses

By Anthonys Fine Art & Antiques

An antique sepia rendering of Moses (c. 1513) by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564). Shown here in its current home, the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Rome), the statue was originally commissioned by Pope Julius II, who also commissioned the Sistine Chapel, and was intended for his tomb. Michelangelo's contemporary, the author Giorgio Vasari wrote: ""Michelangelo finished the Moses in marble, a statue of five braccia, unequalled by any modern or ancient work. Seated in a serious attitude, he rests with one arm on the tables, and with the other holds his long glossy beard, the hairs, so difficult to render in sculpture, being so soft and downy that it seems as if the iron chisel must have become a brush. The beautiful face, like that of a saint and mighty prince, seems as one regards it to need the veil to cover it, so splendid and shining does it appear, and so well has the artist presented in the marble the divinity with which God had endowed that holy countenance."
The work is framed in oak and placed behind glass, 27.75 x 21.75 in.