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.
Cross-leg Slave is a marble sculpture that stands
9 feet tall in the Galleria dell'Accademia in
Michelangelo created another captive in stone, Beardless Slave, which can be seen in detail on the next page.
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