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Description of Michelangelo's sculpture “Bound Slave”

Description of Michelangelo's sculpture “Bound Slave”


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Michelangelo performed in 1513-1516 2 sculptures made of marble: "The Dying Slave" and "Bound Slave." The latter was called by many contemporaries “Risen Slave” for the impulse of the depicted figure to freedom. She is here transmitted in body movements, in tense muscles and in the expression on her face. The statue is designed for viewing from different angles, which allows the viewer to see the plastic richness and expressiveness of the statue. If you go around the statue from right to left, you can observe the tragic sequence of the struggle. Before the eyes there is an image developing in the time period, which first appears before the viewer in a powerless state. The figure is in an upright position only because it is chained. A head thrown back expresses the suffering of a man. But it is enough to take several steps in a circle, as the statue begins to grow stronger, gain strength, and its muscles begin to grow.

In the finale, the spectator is not a martyr, but a real hero. His head no longer symbolizes suffering - it is proudly raised up. The captive's strength is astounding: a little more and he will tear the bonds with his hands. But the more the spectator moves to the left, the weaker the effect: the sculpture loses its strength, his muscles become less strong, and his face takes on the features of suffering.

Michelangelo prepared sculptures specifically for the tombstone of Julius II. But in the end, preference was given to a more modest version without a large number of sculptures. Subsequently, both sculptures were handed over to Roberto Strozzi, and then to the king of France. Their current location is the Louvre.





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