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Model relief - The Rape of the Sabines

The Rape of the Sabines

  • Object:

    Model relief

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1582 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giambologna (sculptor)

  • Museum number:

    4128-1854

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The relief is a preliminary sketch-model for the bronze relief set in the plinth of Giovanni Bologna's marble group of the Rape of the Sabines unveiled under the Loggia de'Lanzi in Florence in 1583.

The model was abandoned presumably because the over-ambitious composition failed to work satisfactorily: the eventual bronze relief is composed quite differently and more simply. The sketch shows in the centre the games of the Consualia which served the Romans as the pretext for inviting the Sabines. In the bronze this feature was omitted.

Physical description

A crowded composition of Romans and Sabines grouped around the monument of a hero with seated figures on the base; three of the Romans are mounted. The architectural background is roughly sketched in.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

ca. 1582 (made)

Artist/maker

Giambologna (sculptor)

Dimensions

Height: 58.42 cm, Width: 83.82 cm

Object history note

The relief is a preliminary sketch-model for the bronze relief set in the plinth of Giovanni Bologna's marble group of the Rape of the Sabines unveiled under the Loggia de'Lanzi in Florence in 1583. The model was abandoned presumably because the over-ambitious composition failed to work satisfactorily: the eventual bronze relief is composed quite differently and more simply. The sketch shows in the centre the games of the Consualia which served the Romans as the pretext for inviting the Sabines. In the bronze this feature was omitted.

Descriptive line

Model Relief "The Rape of the Sabines" in terracotta by Giambologna, ca. 1582, Florence, Italy

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1854. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 19
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 147
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, pp. 103
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 493.

Labels and date

The relief is a preliminary sketch-model for the bronze relief set in the plinth of Giovanni Bologna's marble group of the Rape of the Sabines unveiled under the Loggia de'Lanzi in Florence in 1583. The model was abandoned presumably because the over-ambitious composition failed to work satisfactorily: the eventual bronze relief is composed quite differently and more simply. The sketch shows in the centre the games of the Consualia which served the Romans as the pretext for inviting the Sabines. In the bronze this feature was omitted. [dec 1995]

Materials

Terracotta

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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