Photographer's Note

The Sabine Women

The Rape (kidnapping) of the Sabine Women by Giambologna is made from a single piece of marble. It is a striking display of emotion and energy depicting the spiral arrangement of three figures with the center figure being a triumphant Roman carrying off a Sabine (ancient Italian tribe) woman. Interestingly, the story for this sculpture had to be created when Francesco de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Florence, decided the statue would be placed on public view. Giambologna meant for his sculpture to be nothing more than a statue. He was more interested in the mannerist style than subject matter or content. Spiral compositions, beautiful silhouettes, and flowing curves of mannerist artists are meant to be viewed from various angles.

The statue is thirteen and a half feet tall and located in the Loggia dei Lanzi adjoining the Uffizi Museum. It was signed by Giambologna, Giovanni Bologna, in 1583.

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