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The slaves of Michelangelo Buonarroti are the famous marble statues of the great Italian sculptor. Originally intended for the tombstone of Julius II, but the option for the implementation was chosen more modest scope, with fewer sculptures.
As a result, the finished works of the master “The Dying Slave” and the “Risen Slave” as opposed to it were donated to Roberto Strozzi, who donated them to the King of France. Thus, the “Dying Slave” ended up in the Paris Louvre. 4 more started sculptures are in the gallery of Florence.
Fans of finding allegories symbolically connect the figures of slaves with the conquered regions by Pope Julius II. An alternative guess is that the captives of Michelangelo personify certain branches of art: in the “Dying” painting is embodied, since at the foot of the statue there are outline of a monkey (this animal is a Latin symbol of art craft). The creator of the captives himself did not go in cycles in comparisons, attaching the greatest importance to the proportions of beauty and the deep desire of human nature for freedom.
The growth of the statue is 229 cm. Years of work - 1513-1519. The meaning is multifaceted and eternal. The beautiful marble youth was often called the “Sleeping Slave”. Looking at it, you might think that the creature is falling into a dream, even if it is eternal. In the created image, the tragedy of death and victorious freedom are merged together. The slave is afflicted in the battle with the hostile world: immobilized, dead; but he is finally free: the dream of death gives a long-awaited deliverance, from now on man is not a prisoner.
The sculpture of Michelangelo is spiritualized and unusually beautiful: a strong young body of a young man is seized by a rush of inner experiences. From agonizing hopelessness and constraint, the “Dying Slave” falls into pacification and blissful peace. The meaningful theme reflects the theme of crushed resistance and oblivion.
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