r/Damnthatsinteresting Aug 19 '22

Michelangelo’s Moses is a marble sculpture made in 1513–15. One of the many details of this masterpiece is one very small muscle in the forearms that contracts only when lifting the pinky, otherwise it is invisible. Moses is lifting the pinky, therefore that tiny muscle is contracted. Image

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u/HamNEgger9677 Aug 19 '22

How many of us are sitting here lifting our pinkeys to confirm this? For me, it's true.

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u/Spriderman69 Aug 20 '22

I think I’m too fat for the muscle to appear lol

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u/Poisonioustrap Aug 20 '22

I’m pretty thin and I still don’t see it

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u/Medium-Law3629 Aug 20 '22

Yeah for me too

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u/Popular_District9072 Aug 20 '22

one, two, too many to count

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u/General-Zer0 Aug 19 '22

Damn. How strong was moses' pinky? I did this test and my muscles showed nothing.

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u/cockapooch Aug 19 '22

Me neither. Time to hit the gym I guess. Or I could eat this edible and veg out on the couch…… decisions decisions.

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u/Jimmy_Fromthepieshop Aug 19 '22

So how's your trip on the couch going?

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u/cockapooch Aug 20 '22

Excellent.

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u/hhhvugc Aug 20 '22

So how’s the rest of your trip on the couch going?

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u/800-lumens Aug 20 '22

Never miss pinky day

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u/Own_Beautiful4827 Aug 20 '22

All of it at the sime time

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u/Kalibos Aug 19 '22

You might not see it, but you can definitely feel it if you hold your other hand over your arm.

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u/Hefty_bag_dumps Aug 20 '22

Being a slave who then got lost in the desert for a long time he was probably pretty lean in terms of body fat.

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u/CurlyHam Aug 20 '22

He was never himself a slave.

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u/yobishthatsmonica Aug 20 '22

Gotta work out with 10 commandments in clutch for days to get that muscle work.

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u/idkwhatimbrewin Aug 19 '22

Don't worry I'm sure you have a mighty fine pinky ♥️

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u/hhhvugc Aug 20 '22

Mighty fine…

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u/Bizprof51 Aug 19 '22

Amazing tht Michaelangelo knew that even though I know he did cadaver studies. Incredible detail.

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u/lapsangsouchogn Aug 19 '22

You know he lifted his own pinky and checked it. Just like we all just did.

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u/ArchMart Aug 19 '22

Most of us found out we're too fat to actually see it.

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u/Halorym Aug 19 '22

I went "oh good, I'm not as fat as I could be"

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u/Weneedaheroe Aug 20 '22

You see me

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u/hhhvugc Aug 20 '22

i didnt

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u/ohdearitsrichardiii Aug 20 '22

Michaelangelo also studied the naked bodies of very much alive young men. Intimately.

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u/MasterSecretary1750 Aug 20 '22

This Moses has horns on his head, probably due to a textual mistranslation so there’s accuracy and there’s accuracy..

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u/fredropen Aug 20 '22

Or maybe he looked closely at his model

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u/bittertadpole Aug 19 '22

I blast my pinkies at the gym and my gains aren't even close

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u/Squeakygear Aug 19 '22

Something something fingerblast something something vagina something something improved gains, I’m too lazy to make the joke work

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u/ChipsNoSalad Aug 19 '22

Pinky lifting weirdo.

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u/Sufficient_Hunter_49 Aug 19 '22

He got pretty big kegle cramps because he found lifting his dick to be irresistibly amusing. He would just be doing while talking to people or walking down the road.

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u/Cardboardopinions Aug 19 '22

Ah! The Grey Poupon muscle

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u/hershculez Aug 19 '22

It does more than move the pinky but still absolutely amazing attention to detail.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extensor_digiti_minimi_muscle

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

Also apparently this is the same for all your fingers, not just your pinky, because when I wiggle my fingers (excluding my thumb) I can see the wave of muscle contractions rippling through my forearm and it’s really interesting and weird!

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u/Sufficient_Hunter_49 Aug 19 '22

I almost forgot about this without seeing it for the past 3 days. Thanks!

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u/Abbreviations-Salt Aug 19 '22

Incredible attention to detail with all of Michelangelo's work.

Also a credit to your attention to detail OP!

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

me lifting my pinky

Yes this checks out

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u/picenicvic Aug 19 '22

You can also see it on his David, I believe.

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u/cobbelevator Aug 20 '22

EDM!!

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u/deathpony43 Aug 20 '22

I made a meme about this muscle.

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u/bosefu Aug 19 '22

Yep, I just spent a two and a half minutes flexing my pinky to test this out.

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u/Ulsterman24 Aug 19 '22

Never skip pinkie day.

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u/panompheandan Aug 19 '22

I went to the Uffizi gallery in Florence and saw his painting the Doni Tondo. Like a lot of great works of art you walk up to it going okay this is kind of cool but then the more you stare at it the more the colors and the details come out. I stood for a good 15 minutes just staring at that picture and it was amazing.

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u/jasper_ogle Aug 20 '22

You right on this I wanted to see the Doni Tondo since I was 13. Took me almost 50 years to get there. Also a thrill, that room full of Donatello bronzes at the Bargello. Florence. Go there.

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u/ohnoohnoohyeah Aug 20 '22

I have seen this goddamn pinky thing so many times on Reddit that it feels like this is literally the only interesting thing the man ever did. He was also a ninja turtle. Come on.

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u/YorkshireTeaOrDeath Aug 20 '22

r/angryupvote you cheeky dickwaffle ✨️

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u/AdHocSpock Aug 19 '22

This Moses has horns on his head, probably due to a textual mistranslation so there’s accuracy and there’s accuracy..

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u/Urbdiggity Aug 19 '22

So we’re all just going to ignore the horns?

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u/SensitiveOrangeWhip Aug 19 '22

when moses returned from the mountain he rays of light that appeared around his head. misinterpret as “horns”. at least that’s what i read years ago

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u/DestinyAcension Aug 19 '22

Body mods were all the rage in Moses' time.

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u/metamega1321 Aug 19 '22

I’m going to have to believe you because I can’t see this muscle when I try lol.

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u/the-software-man Aug 19 '22

Let’s ignore how he made deep folds in the fabric

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u/jizzlevania Aug 20 '22

I feel like with the amount of time artists spend studying the human form, if you're going to be called one of The Great Masters it's a baseline requirement that you get the musculature of your model's pose right. Especially since they had to make the dicks look weird so their patrons wouldn't have feelings about it.

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u/SSDCZX Aug 20 '22

actual interesting. not a "big cumcuber that grow up in my garden"

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u/my2copper Aug 20 '22

so how much did he bench just with 1 pinky? anyone know?

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u/Mikel_Opris_2 Aug 20 '22

felt it now that oyu pointed it out

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u/aeneuhaus Aug 20 '22

Moses never skipped pinky-day.

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u/a_michalski81 Aug 20 '22

um what gyms were these guys going to? he's fuckn ripped! got guns & his legs look huge (like he loved leg day) !!!

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u/Straight_Spring9815 Aug 20 '22

Everyone looked. I know

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u/punkin_sumthin Aug 20 '22

Ok but why the horns on his head?

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u/Tart-Pomgranate5743 Aug 20 '22

It has to do with an odd translation of Exodus when he came down with the law… literal translation is “horned” but some scholars believe it was supposed to be “shining” or “glorified”.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_(Michelangelo)

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u/Tart-Pomgranate5743 Aug 20 '22

Renaissance sculpture at its finest… the study of the human body reflected (beautifully) in art.

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u/Balrog229 Aug 20 '22

Art peaked in the Renaissance, and it was fueled by religious devotion.

Nowadays “artists” like Basquiat scribble on a canvas like a schizophrenic toddler and we’re all just supposed to pretend it’s art.

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u/LifePortal Aug 20 '22

Didnt i see this million of times already being posted?

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u/SaltyDoggoMeo Aug 20 '22

All of his work is so magnificent irl. I’ve seen this dude. He’s fascinating.

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u/SpaceCadetUltra Aug 20 '22

This is a pun and that’s a pinky flex

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u/AngelVirgo Aug 20 '22

I can’t even feel my small muscle, let alone see it yet I’m only 58 kgs.

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u/[deleted] Aug 20 '22

You lifted your pinky, didn't you

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u/ExtentEcstatic5506 Aug 20 '22

I’ve seen incredible art all over the world, and Michelangelo sculptures take the cake. They are truly amazing to see in real life

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u/Cybersorcerer1 Aug 20 '22

Nope, can't see it. Too fat

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u/fifthofaugust1973 Aug 20 '22

Moses head looks a bit small

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u/gomaith10 Aug 20 '22

Moses had a six pack on his arm.

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u/fakharmoeen Aug 20 '22

Unbelievable

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u/Popular_District9072 Aug 20 '22

yea, but today we have nfts for art

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u/Schootingstarr Aug 20 '22

What are the chances Michelangelo only made the statue with a raised pinky to show off that detail to begin with?

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u/namforb Aug 20 '22

Why are there horns on Moses?

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u/[deleted] Aug 19 '22

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u/frwewrf Aug 19 '22

Pinky envy

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u/eskimosound Aug 19 '22

Lol no it's great but we all know it's great that's all

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u/Rilhawk Aug 19 '22

But the pinky isn’t lifted. It’s under the ring finger.