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

Slave (rebelling)

c. 1513
Marble, height 229 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Of all the so-called "slaves" which were intended to adorn Julius's tomb, the two now in Paris are the nearest to completion. In 1542 Michelangelo still intended to place them in the two corners which are now occupied by Leah and Rachel in San Pietro in Vincoli. However, in 1544 he made a gift of the figures to a Florentine, Robert Strozzi, who was living in exile in Lyon and who in turn gave them to the French king, François I. This figure was never completed on account of an unattractive vein in the marble.




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