“Moses” is a statue created by the greatest Italian painter Michelangelo Buonarroti. The idea of the author was to recreate the image of the famous biblical prophet. A painstaking robot over the sculpture lasted for two years, starting in 1513. For his sculpture, a famous artist used marble as a material.
He prepared a huge project for the tomb of Pope Julius II, which commissioned him to create a sculptural ensemble for its decoration. In this regard, initially the image of Moses was conceived as an element of a tombstone. However, with a decrease in the number of planned statues, constant changes in designs, the image of the prophet became the center of composition.
The sculpture is striking in its height. The size of the seated statue is impressive - 235 cm. It is served very dynamically. Moses is depicted in a seated pose, but it seems that he is about to stand up. He is dressed in traditional antique attire. The emphasis is on the massiveness of the head and the unusually developed musculature of the appearance.
Strong relief muscles of the hands of the prophet fascinate and scare. The figure is also filled with movement, like other sculptures by Michelangelo. Under his right hand are the tablets of the Testament with the ten commandments, and with his left he is sorting out his curly beard. The author perfectly conveyed the emotional state of Moses - anger, rage at the betrayal of the Israelites. The alternation of light and surface textures give the image a special drama and energy.
In 2001, the restoration of the monument was carried out. The most experienced masters of Italy were involved in the robot. The sculpture, as planned by the author, still adorns the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome. Thanks to her, the church has a huge number of visitors. The monumental statue still causes great excitement among tourists and fans of the work of the genius of the Renaissance - Michelangelo.
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