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Plaster cast - Moses

Moses

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (original, sculpted)
    Paris (cast)

  • Date:

    1513-1542 (sculpted)
    ca. 1858 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564 (sculptor)
    Desachy Monsieur (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast, painted plaster.

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1858-278

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case WS

This figure was executed for the second project (1513) for Pope Julius' tomb, and was planned for the second zone, above the right niche of the front. This project was not realised, and the Moses was not completed until 1542. Michelangelo chose the present position for the Moses during the final project of 1542-45. As it was designed for a higher viewpoint, the statue's proportions seem awkward when seen in its present low location in the church.

Place of Origin

Rome (original, sculpted)
Paris (cast)

Date

1513-1542 (sculpted)
ca. 1858 (cast)

Artist/maker

Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564 (sculptor)
Desachy Monsieur (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast, painted plaster.

Dimensions

Height: 236.5 cm, Width: 109.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Desachy in 1858 for £45

Historical context note

This figure was executed for the second project (1513) for Pope Julius' tomb, and was planned for the second zone, above the right niche of the front. This project was not realised, and the Moses was not completed until 1542. Michelangelo chose the present position for the Moses during the final project of 1542-45. As it was designed for a higher viewpoint, the statue's proportions seem awkward when seen in its present low location in the church.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, painted plaster, after the original marble statue of Moses for the tomb of Pope Julius II in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome, by Michelangelo, Rome, 1513-42. Cast by Monsieur Desachy in Paris, in about 1858.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 166-167, pl. 315

Labels and date

Michelangelo carved the figure of Moses, together with the Slaves represented nearby, for the tomb of Pope Julius II. While the Slaves remained unfinished, Michelangelo finally completed the Moses nearly thirty years after he had started it. The imposing figure has horns, a traditional attribute of the Old Testament prophet, and holds the tablets of the law. The sculpture, of which this is a cast, has been celebrated for its dramatic energy since the 16th century. [2014]

Materials

Plaster

Techniques

Casting

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture; Judaism

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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