Michelangelo, Slaves

Michelangelo, Slaves (commonly referred to as the Dying Slave and the Rebellious Slave), 1513-15, marble, 2.09 m high, (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

Usually considered unfinished, these sculptures were originally intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II. According to the Louvre, the artist gave the marbles to Roberto Strozzi who presented them to the King of France.

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Michelangelo, Slaves," in Smarthistory, November 20, 2015, accessed June 13, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/michelangelo-slaves/.