Giambologna Analysis

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Giambologna was commissioned to create a piece for the Loggia, or open-air gallery, by the Grand Duke Francesco de’ Medici in 1574. Giambologna's third major work, it is perceived to be one of the greatest sculptures ever. It represented the climax of his career as a figure sculptor, uniting three figures into a single spiral composition. The actual theme of the finished statue was not determined until shortly before its installation in the Loggia dei Lanzi, in the centre of Florence. It was then that Giambologna finally decided that it should illustrate the legendary "Rape of the Sabines", an event from early Roman mythology, when Romulus and his male followers were anxiously seeking wives with whom to start families. The local Sabine tribe refused to permit their women to marry anyone from Rome, so the Romans staged a festival of Neptune Equester, invited
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Note that, in this context, the translation of the Latin word raptio as "rape" is misleading, as no physical violation was involved. A more accurate translation is "The Abduction of the Sabine Women". The three figures here represent a Sabine woman reaching heavenward for salvation from the young Roman kidnapper who stands astride a cowering, helpless older Sabine man, possibly the father of the woman. As the story goes, after the city of Rome was founded in 750 B.C.E., the male population of the city was in need of women to ensure both the success of the city and the propagation of Roman lineage. After failed negotiations with the neighboring town of Sabine for their women, the Roman men devised a scheme to abduct the Sabine women (which they did during a summer festival). What we see in Giambologna’s sculpture is the moment when a Roman successfully captures a Sabine woman as he marches over a Sabine male who crouches down in defeat. As a note, the sculpture is also referred to as the Rapito of a
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