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San Pietro in Vinicoli church, Rome, tomb of Pope Julius II. This is the centre piece, Moses by Michelangelo. The horns come with two versions of a similar story: when Michelangelo carved this, there was a common mis-translation of the scriptures circulating that had translated "rays of light" (radiating from Moses's head) as "horns." One story says Michelangelo was working from this text, but I prefer the other version that said that he knew the translation was in error but liked the image. It certainly fits with the character he's carved: his Moses is a man of power that you simply would not mess with. He looks like he's about to explode out of his seat.

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Photo © 2009, Giles Orr 
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