Monday, May 30, 2011

Michelangelo's Dying Slave

"That moment when life capitulates before the relentless force of dead matter" Richard Fly

This impressive figure, Dying Slave, was created between 1513 and 1516. Together with Rebellious Slave, it was meant for the tomb of julius II .but was not included because of lack of space in the smaller version dedicated in 1545. Michelangelo visualized the figures as imprisoned in the huge blocks of marble, and only by carefully removing the excess stone could he free them. In their creation, and in their final impact, the two slaves may symbolize the soul's struggle against the bonds of temptation and sin.

This sculpture grabbed my attention as soon as I set my eyes upon it.  The reason that as soon as I could snap a photograph of this large piece of stone Michelangelo could invasion the figure come to life.   Well maybe he couldn't do it that fast but his skill to capture not only the human body but his ability to capture and create the emotions of humanity its self is astonishing. I felt every hair on my body stand up when i looked upon this work of art.  This sculpture is truly one of the monuments of the world with its erotic and theatrical emotion.  

Rebellious slave 

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