The Rape of the Sabines (1579-83) by Flemish sculptor Giambologna is located under the Loggia dei Lanzi in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
In a mannerist style and inspired by the work of sculptors such as Michelangelo, Giambologna carved this work from a single block of marble. Giambologna was focused on composition and technique and often did not title his work until the end of the process. The title of this piece was suggested to the sculptor by a his contemporary Vincenzo Borghini.
The Rape (Abduction) of the Sabines is an event from Roman mythology. Following the founding of Rome, Romulus and his predominantly male followers set about finding wives among the surrounding cities in order to strengthen and develop Roman society. However, when all neighbouring cities refused these unions, the Romans devised a plan to abduct Sabine women during the festival of Neptune.
This limited edition print was produced using archival inks on Copper House Hahnemühle Photo Rag Fine Art Paper.