A large Scale Mid 20th Century French Studio Study of Moses After Michelangelo.


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Large and impressive hand sculpted plaster study of the horned Moses. Circa 1950.

Well executed with a imposing presence.

Height: 95cm, Width: 50cm, Depth: 44cm.


Michelangelo’s Moses is depicted with horns on his head. He, like so many artists before him, were laboring under a misconception? This is believed to be because of the mistranslation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Latin by St Jerome. Moses is actually described as having "rays of the skin of his face", which Jerome in the Vulgate had translated as "horns". The mistake in translation is possible because the word "keren" in the Hebrew language can mean either "radiated (light)" or "grew horns".