11 Ways To Show Moses Breaking the Tablets

An Artistic List for the 17th of Tammuz

Fast Break: Charlton Heston shows how the tablets get broken.
Fast Break: Charlton Heston shows how the tablets get broken.

By Menachem Wecker

Published June 24, 2013.
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Attributed to Circle of Baccio, Circle of Maso Finiguerra, The Worship of the Golden Calf with the shattered Tablets of the Law and a fierce storm (1470-75, British Museum)

In this drawing, with complicated attribution, the artist or artists make the opposite interpretive decision. Moses is nowhere to be seen in this work, which depicts the chaos surrounding the Gold Calf, which sits atop a pillar adorned with floral patterning. Among the uprooted trees and general destruction are the decimated Tablets. Devoid of human forms, this work underscores the desolation that the Calf betrayal caused.


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