Copy after Michelangelo's Moses -- 2
Lewis's Moses was presumably just such a commission, possibly celebrating the 400th anniversary of Michelangelo's birth in 1475. For Lewis, the subject may have had additional significance. In leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, Moses symbolized the basic human need for freedom. Her copy was probably produced from drawings she made of Michelangelo's monumental statue in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Lewis would then have modeled a small clay reproduction in her studio, to be cast in plaster and then carved in marble.