Episode 188 – Michelangelo’s Unfinished “Slaves” (Accademia Gallery, Florence)
February 6, 2024

With the death of Pope Leo X in 1521, Michelangelo was forced to abandon his work on the New Sacristy and to return to the unfinished tomb of Pope Julius II. It was, in fact, for the tomb that Michelangelo began work on the so-called “Slaves” today in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy. Often incorrectly described as being intentionally unfinished, the sculptures reveal the artist’s unique vision of the human form as well as his absolute mastery of the art of carving marble.

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