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One of Michelangelo’s more scandalous works is his statue of Moses, the greatest Jew of all.  Much has been made over the centuries about those two horns sticking out of his head.  But what do they mean?

Some say Michelangelo was feeding into the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews have horns because they’re in cahoots with Satan.  Others blame it on a simple mistranslation of a passage from the Torah.  And some people even say that they aren’t horns at all; rather, Michelangelo’s model just had a bad hair day.  Whatever the case may be, this sculpture features what is clearly the most talked about Jew-fro in the art world.

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