Giambolgna's "Rape of the Sabine Women" in Florence

Rape of the Sabines

I didn't even notice this sculpture when we first walked around the Piazza della Signoria, but a plaster replica caught my eye in the Accademia.

Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women depicts one of those politically-incorrect episodes of Roman history. Still, the power of the work is undeniable and in fact Giambologna carved the statue first and later figured-out what it meant.

It is difficult to see in this picture, but as you walk around the statue you can see the helical arrangement of the bodies tapering towards the sky.

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