Michelangeloca. 1505 or 1st half of 16th c.

The Wilanów Palace Museum

The Wilanów Palace Museum

Although a relevant entry exists in Stanisław Kostka Potocki's list of purchases made in Paris in 1808 ('Moses, Michelangelo's clay model of a statue by the same'), the status and the attribution of this item are still disputed. Some believe it to be a bozzetto (an early small-sized model made of fired clay), others think consider it to be a replica made in Michelangelo's workshop, probably by Antonio Mini, with some finishing touches added by the great master. One way or the other, this Moses is a fine example of this kind of statuary work; its closest equivalent in terms of size and shape belongs to the Cecchi family in Rome.

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  • Title: Moses
  • Date Created: ca. 1505 or 1st half of 16th c.
  • Sculptor, Architect, Painter: Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Provenance: Stanisław Kostka Potocki bought this sculpture in Paris in 1808.
  • Physical Dimensions: w155 x h366 x d177 mm (entire artwork)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Wilanów Palace Museum, Photo: Z. Reszka
  • Medium: clay


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