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Michelangelo Sculptures

Crossed-leg Slave by Michelangelo

Michelangelo's Crossed-leg Slave (1520-30) and the three other captives shown on the following pages were intended for the 1532 version of the tomb of Pope Julius II. It is believed that one of the more disagreeable ruling descendants of Julius II, Francesco Maria della Rovere, the Duke of Urbino, passed through Florence twice during this period and used his power to pressure the artist to complete the tomb.

Michelangelo's Crossed-leg Slave
Cross-leg Slave is a marble sculpture that stands
9 feet tall in the Galleria dell'Accademia in
Florence, Italy.

Michelangelo created another captive in stone, Beardless Slave, which can be seen in detail on the next page.

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