The Dying Slave

Image captured inside the former Fakes & Forgeries exhibition hall of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This is a plaster cast one of six "slaves" executed by Michelangelo for the tomb of Pope Julius II of which two are now in the Louvre and four are in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. This figure, together with the Rebellious Slave, was executed for the second project (1513) for the tomb. In this scheme, Michelangelo planned to place them on either side of the Moses.

The project was never completed in this form. Around 1546, Michelangelo gave these two statues to Ruberto Strozzi, a Florentine exile in Lyon, who in turn presented them to King Francois I of France. They were given by King Francois I to Conétable Anne de Montmorency and thereafter passed through the hands of several members of the Montmorency and Richelieu families. In 1794, the Rebellious and Dying Slaves were purchased for the French state, and have been preserved in the Musée du Louvre ever since.

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O127883/the-dying-slave-plaster-cast-michelangelo/
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The Dying Slave

The Dying Slave

Image captured inside the former Fakes & Forgeries exhibition hall of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This is a plaster cast one of six "slaves" executed by Michelangelo for the tomb of Pope Julius II of which two are now in the Louvre and four are in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. This figure, together with the Rebellious Slave, was executed for the second project (1513) for the tomb. In this scheme, Michelangelo planned to place them on either side of the Moses.

The project was never completed in this form. Around 1546, Michelangelo gave these two statues to Ruberto Strozzi, a Florentine exile in Lyon, who in turn presented them to King Francois I of France. They were given by King Francois I to Conétable Anne de Montmorency and thereafter passed through the hands of several members of the Montmorency and Richelieu families. In 1794, the Rebellious and Dying Slaves were purchased for the French state, and have been preserved in the Musée du Louvre ever since.

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O127883/the-dying-slave-plaster-cast-michelangelo/
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Fakes and Forgeries Collection at The V&A, London
Photographer:
© Images that go BAM, Brent Alexander McTavish