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This scene is among the favorite themes of the iconography of Sinai. Moses is standing on the top of Mount Sinai, and, turning to the left of the frame in a forceful step and with a resolute expression on his face, receives the tablets of the Law from the hand of God; he has already removed his sandals, and covered his shoulders and arms with his outstretched rose-colored garment. There are obvious stylistic details that are similar to the icon of Moses before the Burning Bush (4.6), such as the light color hues used to portray the youthful face, the rendition of the hair, the folds of the garment, a sense of evocative perspective, a naturalistic depiction of the landscape, the balance between the subject and the gold background, as finally, the mirror-image symmetry of the figure of Moses in the two icons that have very similar dimensions (4.6 – 4.7); these details confirm that both icons were executed by the same great painter.


Details

Tempera on cloth
Early thirteenth century
84 Χ 65 cm
St. Catherine's Monastery Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate