Michelangelo’s Moses

Michelangelo’s Moses is located in Rome, in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli. It’s one of the greatest masterpieces of Italian Art, an example of incomparable beauty.

San Pietro in Vincoli was founded in the 5th century in order to guard the chain with which St. Peter was bound as a prisoner in Jerusalem.

At the beginning of the 16th century, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to create his own tomb and the ideas of the painter were quite ambitious.

The painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel commissioned again by Pope Julius II, made Michelangelo pause his work on the tomb.

The colossal statue carved to adorn the tomb was not completed until the death of the Pope, who is in fact buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Because of disagreements between Julius’ heirs and Michelangelo the masterpiece was installed in San Pietro in Vincoli (not in St. Peter’s Basilica as planned).

The horns on the head of Moses come from a mistranslation of a Hebrew word that describes Moses as having rays of light coming from his head.