Ivory Sculpture of Moses after Michelangelo
  • Material: Ivory.
  • Size: Heigth 4 3/8" by approx. 2 1/8" at the widest point.
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1840 Italy. Signed on the base by the artist "Borrello".
  • Conditions: Excellent, a surface stress line which goes from Mosè's forehead to his right mustache where there is a tiniest chip, no visible by naked eye.
This is a rarest ivory sculpture of the Moses after the original by Michelangelo, a Museum Quality piece. The sculpture is just the same of the original one. All the details have been perfectly reproduced in this smaller one. You can see the original in a picture below and can compare it with this ivory one. You'll see that there is not details missed. The artist made this artwork following perfectly the original artwork. Look at the face of Moses, so pensive and expressive, he's frowned exactly as in first original. His strong body is perfect and you have the impression that you can see all the muscles under his skin. Moses is represented in a sitting position, with the bearded head left, right foot resting on the ground and the left leg raised with only the tip of the foot resting on the base. The position of the legs resembles that of the Prophet Isaiah by Raphael (1511-1512). The left arm is left on his lap, while the right hand holds the Tables of the Law, while the hand creases his long beard. Curiously, the Tables of the Law are reversed, as if they had slipped from the arms of Moses. The statue, in its composition, expressed the solemnity and majesty of the Biblical character. The look of the famous Moses described as "terrible" has been interpreted as an expression of the character of Michelangelo, angry, proud and stern, for which it was specifically coined the term "terribleness". This is a rarest signed piece, absolutely to not to be missed.
A bit of history:
The Moses (c. 1513–1515) is a sculpture by the Italian High Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb, it depicts the Biblical figure Moses with horns on his head, based on a description in the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible used at that time. The statue is gigantic, it measures in heigth 2.35 meters. The Moses, with its force, anatomical virtuosity and his majesty (proportionated to twice of the natural) is one of the most famous sculptures by Michelangelo and example of the "awesomeness" that is found in its best works.  It is related to this sculpture the story that Michelangelo, contemplating the end of the finishing touches and surprised himself by the realism of its forms, exclaimed, "Why do not you talk?!" striking the Moses knee with a hammer.  About the majestic beard of Moses, the Vasari (1511/1574 who was an Italian painter, writer, historian, and architect) said:"it is carved with such perfection that it seems more "work of brush and chisel". According to the popular imagination, under the beard of Moses, under the lower lip, slightly to the right, Michelangelo would have carved the profile of Pope Julius II and a woman's head.