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12 August 2013

Artist Study: Michaelangelo (Week 1)

We'll do his "Moses" sculpture first, from the tomb of Pope Julius II. It's part of a whole scene that took quite some time to finish.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

This article has a whole bunch of pictures from different angles and several detail shots, as well as an explanation as to why the prophet is depicted with horns. Apparently there was a problem with the translation of the Vulgate, and it lead to Moses having horns on a number of works from that time.

For our second picture, we'll look at this one, Madonna of the Steps. Apparently this is an early work and the only low relief that he did. I like it, even though this article points out some flaws in the perspective.

Photo credit: Wikipedia
There's also a lovely detail of this piece here that I enjoyed.

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