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Thursday, 28 July 2005
l’Esclave mourant

dying slave

This is the statue of the Dying Slave (1513-1514) by the artist known as Michelangelo, which can be found in the Louvre in Paris.  Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Julius II to design his tomb. What should have been his masterpiece turned into a disaster: Julius died prematurely, and Michelangelo had to squabble with subsequent Popes over ever-diminishing funding. The tomb itself, in St Peters in Rome, is famous for its statue of Moses.  Two completed slaves, the ]Dying Slave and the Rebellious Slave,  can now be found in the Louvre in Paris while four uncompleted slaves can be found in the Accademia in Florence.  The uncompleted slaves are important for what they reveal about Michelangelo’s sculpturing technique: he outlined the figures on the front of the marble blocks and then worked gradually to liberate the figures from within the marble by working from this one side.  The uncompleted works therefore show great detail in the front aspects, and roughness in the parts further back.

Apparently the Dying Slave statue was influenced by the classical sculpture from Rhodes, Laocoon and his Sons.

Posted by bigblue on 28/07/2005 at 12:13 AM
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