The actual painting is large suggesting that the artist really wants this painting to be seen.
Moses is seen as larger than life size but yet Moses character does not give off an theatrical or a daring persona. In this painting the colors really give off the feeling of the painting as well as it’s structure. In the painting you see Moses holding the tablet over his head and the pitning stops right at his waist and there are boulders constructing his path at all angles.
The sin of the Israelites is so large that Moses feels conflicted when he has to destroyed the tablets, that god has constructed and inscribed in. So the artist places Moses in a inadequate space. This overall outputs the emotional aspect of the painting. The conflict that Moses is seen is, is clearly seen as the color of the painting show light colors in contrast to dark colors. In the painting you can see that the light builds from the bottom of the painting to the top of the painting. Moses tourso is depicted by a soft light that then gives off the boulders in the back of Moses, then the painting becomes unclear as you reach the top of Moses shoulders.
Then there is a vivid light on his arms that can represent power at this point, as well as reveal the big black stones that are being held in the air by Moses. Next, is Moses face that your attention may be drawn too, it is vividly lit in the center of the painting just as his arms are. There is a furrowing of the eyebrows bringing us to consider what is he feeling in this dilemma. The top and bottom of the painting creates a visual dialogue, the thing that matters most in this painting is the struggle that Moses has faced.
Where one side is represented by devotion to god and the Israelites. The metaphor of this, is represented by the rocks around his restricting his path creating a narrow space. Overall this painting Moses Breaking The Tablets of The Law illustrate the desolation that he is feeling based on the fact that when wanting to be devoted to God the process can be long and painful.Connection with God based on the foundation of his Laws will be complex.