Young Masaccio died before his paint had dried, but his time-battered fresco tells all: how man in the midst of figs and wine reaches for the whole banquet and loses all but the crumbs, which taste like poison.
Their sin is fresh; the doors of Paradise slam while heel still crosses the threshold, driven out by the upraised sword of a crimson-winged messenger of God who points their way to a world of dust. His flowing garment billows around their nakedness.
They walk toward us, look like us. His woe is inward, head bowed. His hands cover darkened eyes; from his mouth, muffled sobs. Yet he strides forward to face the wilderness which yet he does not comprehend.
She does. Her foreshortened face, skull-like, gazes up into the looming abyss. Eyes strokes of gloom, from her mouth a scream of agony for what she sees ahead: needles passing in dirty rooms, children shrunk to skeletons, men strapped with bombs.
Did Moses influence the founding of the United States? This historical question has generated controversy in Texas, where politicians, historians, and educators have recently debated whether Moses should be listed as an American founder in new social studies textbooks.
It all began in 2010, when the Texas State Board of Education said that students needed to "identify the individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding documents, including those of Moses.”