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Michelangelo Sculptures

Bacchus by Michelangelo

Bacchus (c. 1496-97) is one of Michelangelo's few works of pagan rather than Christian subject matter. Commissioned by Cardinal Riario for a wealthy Roman named Jacopo Galli, the gorgeous and intoxicated youth reveals a degree of sensuality unprecedented since antiquity. Bacchus explores the chords and cadences of human flesh, a subject fascinating to the young Michelangelo.

Michelangelo's Bacchus
Bacchus by Michelangelo is a marble sculpture,
6 feet 8 inches tall, residing in the Bargello
in Florence.

See the next section of this article for information on another piece of sculptural work by Michelangelo, the Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs -- also based on ancient Roman subject matter.

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