Monday, September 12, 2005


Two statues that were meant to hold up the sacred tomb are the Bound Slave and the Dying Slave (c. 1510-13). Both are considered to be unfinished, but the Captive Slave, in particular, demonstrates Michelangelo's approach to carving. Michelangelo often referred to the process of carving as one in which he discovers the form which is already imprisoned in the stone. He believed that his job was to release what was already there. It is also his belief that the human soul is a prisoner who strives to be released from its bodily form.

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