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Plaster cast - Rebellious Slave
  • Rebellious Slave
    Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564
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Rebellious Slave

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (original, sculpted)
    Paris (cast)

  • Date:

    1513 (sculpted)
    ca. 1863 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564 (sculptor)
    Toquiere Monsieur (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast, painted plaster

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case FS, shelf S

Place of Origin

Florence (original, sculpted)
Paris (cast)


1513 (sculpted)
ca. 1863 (cast)


Michelangelo, born 1475 - died 1564 (sculptor)
Toquiere Monsieur (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast, painted plaster


Height: 229 cm, Width: 82 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Monsieur Toquiere in 1863 (sum unrecorded)

Historical context note

One of a series of six "slaves" executed by Michelangelo for the tomb of Pope Julius II (Pope 1503-13), of which two are now in the Louvre and four are in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. This figure, together with the Dying Slave (V&A cast museum no. 1863-15), was executed for the second project (1513) for the tomb. In this scheme, Michelangelo planned to place them on either side of the Moses (V&A cast museum no. 1858-278). 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.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, painted plaster, after the unfinished marble the Rebellious Slave, by Michelangelo in Florence, Italy, in about 1513 and now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Cast by Monsieur Toquière, in Paris, in about 1863.

Labels and date

Michelangelo carved six figures of slaves for the tomb of Pope Julius II. The project to create a vast monument was eventually scaled down. Michelangelo gave two of the figures to a Florentine exile in France, who presented them to the king. In 1794 The Rebellious Slave and The Dying Slave (cast displayed nearby) were bought by the French state. They were placed in the Louvre, where they were fundamental to the appreciation and knowledge of Michelangelo's work outside Italy. [2014]





Subjects depicted



Ph_survey; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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