Friday, 26 February 2010

The ridiculous Moses

Close to Piazza della Repubblica there is the Moses fountain, inaugurated in 1589. Realised by Domenico Fontana, it is done in travertine and in the center there is an imposing statue of Moses. Moses, holding the Ten Commandments with his left hand, is pointing with his right hand to the water running below him, hinting to the miracle, described in the Bible, of the water gushing from a rock to quench the thirst of the Israel people. But when this miracle happened Moses still had to receive the Ten Commandments! For this trivial mistake and for the stubby features of Moses, the romans nicknamed this statue "the ridiculous Moses".