Lorenzo Monaco

Circa 1408/1410
Tempera on wood, gold ground
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 65.14.3, Gwynne Andrews Fund

Monaco has the horns traditionally used to identify Moses into a pair of forelocks hanging onto his brow. Then to assure the correct identification he gives the figure the tablets of the Ten Commandments.

This is one of a set with David, Abraham, and Noah. Possibly they flanked an altarpiece.

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Photographed at the Metropolitan by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.