1500 – 1600
End of the Renaissance and the Reformation

Michelangelo's Slaves

Michelangelo, The Slaves (commonly referred to as the Dying Slave and the
Rebellious Slave), marble, 2.09 m high, 1513-15 (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Usually considered unfinished, these sculptures were originally intended for
the tomb of Pope Julius II. According to the Louvre, the artist gave the marbles
to Roberto Strozzi who presented them to the King of France.

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Curtis Nesset wrote on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Your discussion seems very incomplete because there is no mention of the other four slaves which are in the Academe in Florence. Those four slaves are, in some ways, more interesting than the two in Paris. But any discussion really needs to include all of the slaves not just two.

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