This is of course Michelangelo's Moses.
The Moses (c. 1513–1515) is a sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. It was commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb and was completed in 1545; Julius II died in 1513.
We see that Moses has horns on his head. Why?
I read in Wikipedia:
The depiction of a horned Moses stems from the description of Moses' face as "cornuta" ("horned") in the Latin Vulgate translation of the passage from Exodus in which Moses returns to the people after receiving the commandments for the second time. The Douay-Rheims Bible translates the Vulgate as, "And when Moses came down from the mount Sinai, he held the two tables of the testimony, and he knew not that his face was horned from the conversation of the Lord." This was Jerome's effort to faithfully translate the difficult, original Hebrew Masoretic text. In general medieval theologians and scholars understood that Jerome had intended to express a glorification of Moses' face, by his use of the Latin word for "horned.":74-90 The understanding that the original Hebrew was difficult and was not likely to literally mean "horns" persisted into and through the Renaissance.
Although Jerome completed the Vulgate in the late 3rd century, the first known applications of the literal language of the Vulgate in art are found in an English illustrated book written in the vernacular, that was created around 1050. [...]
In Christian art of the Middle Ages, Moses is depicted wearing horns and without them; sometimes in glory, as a prophet and precursor of Jesus, but also in negative contexts, especially with regard to Pauline contrasts between faith and law - the iconography was not black and white.
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krzychu30 (15344) 2013-03-24 3:04
piekna prezentacja dziela Michala Aniola w B&W.Swietnie dobrana perspektywa i oddane detale.Zwiedzynie Rzymu to chyba naprawde zadanie na cale zycie.Kolejne piekne miejsce,ktorego nie widzialem podczas moich trzech wizyt w Wiecznym miescie.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze milej niedzieli
Romano46 (16582) 2013-03-24 3:07
un ottimo bianco e nero realizzato in San Pietro in Montorio inquadrando in ottima maniera il Mosè e escludendo quanto di superfluo c'è intorno al Mosè.
Una bella foto per la quale ti faccio i complimenti anche per l'ottima maniera con la quale hai saputo elaborarla dando maggior vigore alla statua rispetto alla luce poco contrastata della chiesa.
Ciao e buona domenica
lousat (73197) 2013-03-24 3:20
Hi Malgo,great capture of one of the most famous statue in the world,a great advertising for my country and a very useful pic for me that i never been in Rome..ehehe..great details and choice of black and white! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
parvatibb (1377) 2013-03-24 3:22
make me wish to visit Rome again enjoy Michelangelo s art all over again.
snunney (79973) 2013-03-24 3:52
Fine capture of this set of impressive sculptures. The square framing and use of black and white both serve to concentrate the attention on the artwork. Excellent rendering of the detail.
jhm (136096) 2013-03-24 5:47
Why Mozes has horns on his head this is my also obscure!
Formerly had this a meaning for a man that was not best. (cuckold)
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Also a nice perspective and depth image.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Sergiom (55767) 2013-03-24 7:04
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur cette superbe sculpture. J'aime la belle netteté, l'utilisation du noir et blanc ainsi que la lumière qui frappe en diagonale.
PaulVDV (20867) 2013-03-24 20:31
Excellent capture of these sculptures in black & white. Taken from a good angle and beautiful in its details.
Also an excellent note and explanation of how the horns on Mozes head originated.
Best regards, Paul
ChrisJ (94844) 2013-03-24 23:41
A fantastic b&w shot of the Moses sculpture with excellent sharpness and a superb tonal range. Effective tight framing with superb textural and tonal details. Smart choice of a vertical frame and selective focus. Good graphism and relief in the artwork. Tfs!