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.
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.
This cast of the original sculpture was scanned by Jerry Fisher in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where it was brought to controversy regarding copyright claims from the university which housed the sculpture on its land. You can read more about this here.
Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case WS
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Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London