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.

(page 7 of 11)

Gustave Doré, Moses Smashing the Tables of the Law (1866?)

Doré, a French printmaker known for his dramatic and fantastical illustrations of biblical stories, tackles the scene of Moses casting the Tablets from a low vantage point. Moses, standing on a couple of steps (hardly a mountain), lifts the McDonald’s logo-styled, joined and rounded Tablets above his head, as a jagged lightning bolt (divine anger?) juts out from behind his right arm. At Moses’ feet, nine Israelites look on in horror or in various other stages of despair. The billowing robes and intense stormy sky are signature Doré moves, and they bear similarities to his Wandering Jew.



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