Michelangelo created Blockhead Slave between 1520 and 1530. With its head still fully encased in the stone block, Michelangelo's Blockhead Slave,
whose facial features are barely suggested beneath the fog of marble,
seems to express intimate aspects of the artist's nature and to be
symbolic of the incompleteness that plagued him throughout his career.
These pieces and their struggle to free themselves from the prison of
the enormous marble blocks inspired Rodin in his work nearly four
hundred years later.
Michelangelo's Blockhead Slave (9 feet
1-1/2 inches tall) stands in the Galleria
dell'Accademia in Florence.
In addition to the unfinished slaves he created for Pope Julius II's tomb, Michelangelo also started an entirely different type of sculpture, entitled Victory. Learn more about this portrayal of triumph.
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