Rape of the Sabine Women
marble, 13 1/2 feet high
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The serpentine arrangement of figuresThe 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 bottomSee also Giovanni Bologna's Mercury in the Bargello and his Neptune Fountain in Bologna.
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