Dying Captive, early 20th century

Workshop plaster representing the Dying Slave by Michelangelo.

The Dying Slave or Dying Captive is a work produced in 1513 by Michelangelo * (1475-1564) in Carrara marble *. It is now kept in Paris, at the Louvre Museum. The MuMo retains a cast of this dying Slave, the same size as the original (over 2 meters), made at the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century, by the molding workshops of the national museums in Paris. The Captive is shown standing, naked, his left arm raised to his head creating a hip that animates his entire silhouette and creates a certain tension. A cloth bars his chest. At his feet is a rocky mass in which Michelangelo sketched the silhouette of an ape. The “non finito” effect, unfinished, illustrates the body that escapes from the stone and evokes the captive soul of the body. The figure of the monkey evokes for some the art which imitates nature, which tries to ape it; for others it represents the arts, enslaved after the death of Pope Julius II. The Dying Slave is part of a project by Michelangelo for the tomb of Pope Julius II *, initiated in 1505 (two years after his accession to the pontificate).
Molding early twentieth.
France

Height: 115 cm (45,2 in)

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