There is a “secret” bond between the beauty of Michelangelo’s “Moses” and sunlight: it was discovered by Antonio Forcellino, the restorer and architect entrusted by the Superintendence for the Colosseum and the central archaeological area of Rome with cleaning the masterpiece, within a project for the restoration of the entire Tomb of Pope Julius II, inside the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome:
“Michelangelo”, according to Forcellino, “used lead to polish only the parts of the statue that jut out the most – the ones hit by direct sunlight –and left the others with a more rustic finish, using pumice stone and sand. Thus, the sculpture takes on a completely new depth, with a pictorial quality.”
“This was possible because [Michelangelo] was also a great painter. It is quite obvious in how the left arm is so polished it reflects the light in an outstanding way, while the bust is set back because it was finished only by pumice.”
After all, it is one of the most beautiful works of art under the sun!