Loggia dei Lanzi

Rape of the Sabine Women
Giovanni Bologna
marble, 13 1/2 feet high

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The serpentine arrangement of figures

The spiral movement of figures in this Mannerist work anticipates Baroque sculpture. Like other works in the Loggia dei Lanzi, this too depicts a triumphant figure, a Roman who is sucessfully carrying off a Sabine woman. This story of the early history of Rome is related in both Livy and Plutarch.

Detail of the bottom

See also Giovanni Bologna's Mercury in the Bargello and his Neptune Fountain in Bologna.

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