At Sinai, The Mountain of God

At Sinai, The Mountain of God

Exodus 19 tells us that Moses and the Israelites went into the Sinai Desert and approached Mount Sanai, the Mountain where God would descend to talk with Moses and give him the tablets of law.

Mount Sinai EL GRECO (1541-1614)

See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/greco_el/03/0303grec.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.  El Greco had his own unique style in which he anticipated aspects of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Abstract art and Expressionism,and yet he reflects his own time transitioning to the Baroque dramatic use of light and form.

Moses ascends the mountain and is given the Ten Commandments and the rest of the law.  Exodus 20-31.

Moses With the Tables of the Law RENI (c. 1624)

See http://www.friendsofart.net/en/art/guido-reni/moses-with-the-tables-of-the-law for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Moses is gone so long that the people grow wrestless.  Again, they complain.  They backslide into idolatry, building for themselves a golden calf to worship.  Exodus 32.

Worship of the Golden Calf FRANCKEN II (Early Seventeenth Century)

See http://www.lib-art.com/artgallery/10270-worship-of-the-golden-calf-frans-ii-francken.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.  For an interesting story about the ambiguity of the person of Francken II, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francken.

Moses and the Golden Calf BECCAFUMI (1486-1551)

See http://www.terminartors.com/artworkprofile/Beccafumi_Domenico_di_Pace-Moses_and_the_Golden_Calf for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law REMBRANDT (1659)

See http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_223626/Rembrandt-Van-Rijn/Moses-Smashing-the-Tablets-of-the-Law for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

Moses and the Tablets of the Law CHAGALL (1887-1985)

See http://www.spaightwoodgalleries.com/Pages/Chagall_Exodus.html for the source of the above photograph of the lithograph.  See http://www.spaightwoodgalleries.com/Pages/Chagall_coming_attractions.html for a summary of the work and artistic significance of Chagall.

Moses Shows the Elders the Tablets of the Law CHAGALL

See http://www.biblical-art.com/artwork.asp?id_artwork=22831&showmode=Full for the source of the above photograph of the lithograph.

See http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/michelangelo-moses for Michalengelo’s Moses and expert commentary on the relation of the subject of these paintings:  Moses and the Ten Commandments.

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