Michelangelo's Bearded Slave, created between 1520 and 1530, is
the picture of anguish, with straining muscles and heaving chest.
However, the work loses some effectiveness due to the awkward cutting
of the legs. It is speculated that the legs may have been carved at a
much later date or may not have been created by Michelangelo at all.
The marble Bearded Slave by Michelangelo is 8 feet
8-1/4 inches tall and stands in the Galleria
dell'Accademia in Florence.
For information on the last of the slaves by Michelangelo, the Blockhead Slave, see the next section of this article
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