(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)


San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

The final agreement for the Julius tomb specifies that the two statues flanking the Moses were to be carved by Raffaello da Montelupo. Condivi and Vasari, however, clearly attributed them to Michelangelo himself, a view that is generally accepted, although it has been suggested that they were conceived at different times. They also show inconsistencies: Rachel is noticeably shorter than Leah and has a rectangular rather than a rounded base. It is clear, however, that they represent allegories of the Contemplative Life and the Active Life respectively.