(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Slave (awakening)

Marble, height 267 cm
Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

Probably carved for the 1532 project for Julius II's tomb, the four slaves in the Accademia take up the theme of the Louvre versions, but in larger dimensions. Partly emerging from the rough-hewn marble block, the naked figure is still one with the material from which the artist gradually frees it. Caught at this stage of its creation, the work illustrates the dramatic effort of the sculptor to embody an idea.