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Sandro Boticelli's "The Birth of Venus", 1486, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Most paintings of women during the middle Ages symbolize the Virgin Mary, showing her in a demure appearance with an angelic smile and covered head. So Botticelli's depiction of a beautiful goddess, not only an obvious symbol of pagan mythology but also painted as a nude was groundbreaking.
San Pietro in Vincoli: Moses by Michelangelo (1989, 1995) My head goes to about his chest. He has horns because in those day the Bible was misinterrepted. They read Moses had 'horns' of light but it really says 'rays' of light. ANd this church also has a set of chains that supposedly were worn by St. Peter. Hence, the name of the church is really "St. Peter in chains."