Florence is one of the MUST cities in the world.
Your eyes may become mad with the amount of art expressions (buildings, sculptures, paintings, etc) that you can find almost everywhere.
And, of course, is a perfect place for taking pictures.
This is Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women. This is what wikipedia says about it:
"The sculpture by Giambologna (1579–1583) reinterpreted as expressing this theme depicts three figures (a man lifting a woman into the air while a second man crouches) and was carved from a single block of marble. Originally intended as nothing more than a demonstration of the artist's ability to create a complex sculptural group, its subject matter, the mythical rape of the Sabines, had to be invented after Francesco de' Medici, the Grand Duke of Florence decreed that it be put on public display in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria. True to mannerist densely-packed, intertwined figural compositions and ambitious overinclusive, efforts, the statue renders a dynamic panoply of emotions, poses, and multiple viewpoints. When contrasted with either the serene single-viewpoint statuary of the nearby David of Michelangelo (finished nearly 80 years before), this statue shows the infusing tenor of motion that leads towards Baroque, but the tight, uncomfortable, verticality— self-imposed by the author's virtuosic restriction to a composition that could be carved from a single block of marble— lacks the dynamic diagonality that Bernini would achieve forty years later with his Rape of Proserpine and Apollo and Daphne, both at the Galleria Borghese, Rome.
The proposed site for the sculpture, opposite Benvenuto Cellini's statue of Perseus, prompted suggestions that the group should illustrate a theme related to the former work, such as the rape of Andromeda by Phineus. The respective rapes of Proserpina and Helen were also mooted as possibile themes. It was eventually decided that the sculpture was to be identified as one of the Sabine virgins being abducted by the Romans in an episode from the early history of Latium.
The work is signed OPVS IOANNIS BOLONII FLANDRI MDLXXXII ("The work of Johannes of Boulogne of Flanders, 1582"). An early preparatory bronze featuring only two figures is in the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples. Giambologna then revised the scheme, this time with a third figure, in two wax models now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The artist's full-scale gesso for the finished sculpture, executed in 1582, is on display at the Accademia Gallery in Florence."
I hope you like the shoot as much as I like the statue.
- Copyright: Sergio Roger (bodoque) (330)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2002-03-29
- Camera: CANON EOS1000, Canon EF 75-300mm, Fuji
- Exposure: 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Statues B&W and not [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-31 18:49