Michelangelo Sculptures
Tondo Taddei
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Tondo Taddei (ca. 1503; diameter 40 inches) The Tondo Taddei (at the Royal Academy, London), and the Tondo Pitti (at the National Museum of the Bargello, Florence) are the only two roundels (circular relief sculptures) carved by Michelangelo, produced when he was in his late twenties. Vasari asserted that Michelangelo created both tondos at about […]

Bacchus (Michelangelo)
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Bacchus (1497; height 78 inches) Nothing about the Bacchus is conventional. Michelangelo surpassed his Classical models by imbuing idealized forms with a brutal realism. The face of Bacchus is reminiscent of an antique mirthfulness, but the eyes are fixed lasciviously on the cup, which contains the elixir he invented. Instead of a sober god identified […]

Battaglia dei Centauri (The Battle of the Centaurs)
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Battaglia dei Centauri (Battle of the Centaurs, ca. 1490-92; 31 x 35 inches) This is another of the earliest known sculptures by Michelangelo, created when he was only a teenager. According to Condivi (1553), who called this sculptural relief “The Rape of Deianita and the Battle of the Centaurs,” the subject had been suggested to […]

Madonna della Scala (Madonna of the Stairs )
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Madonna della Scala (or, The Madonna of the Steps; ca.1490-91; 22 x 15.5 inches) This is the earliest known sculpture by Michelangelo, created when he was only fifteen or sixteen years old. It remained in the Buonarroti family until two years after the master’s death, when it was presented by a nephew, Leonardo, to Duke […]

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