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The sculptural group "The Abduction of the Sabine Women" in bronze, produced in the technique of electroforming according to the model of the Florentine master Giovanni da Bologna, a representative of the early baroque. The work illustrates the famous plot in Roman history when thieves and pirates, partners of Romulus, invited the tribe of the Sabine women to visit them. In the middle of the feast at the signal of Romulus, the Romans rush to catch the daughters, pushing away their fathers and husbands, thus securing the future of the Eternal City. The work is constructed as a spiral screw; from defeat and asking for mercy to solemn possession of prey at the top. The expression of the struggle is provided by the multidirectionality of the hands. The passion and the cherishing of the possessed are the leitmotif of the protagonist.
The Florentine master Giovanni da Bologna, nicknamed Jambolon, is considered one of the best masters of late mannerism. The sculpture group he created combines classic nudes characteristic of Greek sculpture with the dynamism of Mannerism. In 1563 Giambolonia became a member of the prestigious Academy of Arts in Florence. He creates his first masterpiece for the city of Bologna: after receiving payment for the bronze sculpture of Neptune, the master creates it for the fountain of the same name. The design for the sculpture of the Sabines began in 1579. Initially, the artist planned to create only two figures, which can be seen from the preparatory bronze sketches (Capodimonte Museum, Naples), but then he added a third figure , as evidenced by the wax models (Victoria and Albert Museum, London). A large-scale plaster sculpture model can be seen in the gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. The statue illustrates the legend of the outbreak of the Sabine War. Almost the entire population of Rome was made up of men and the local tribes did not allow their wives to marry the Romans because of their poverty. Romulus organizes a vacation in the city, inviting many guests, including his neighbors, and at a certain point in the celebration, a violent abduction of women takes place, which is then set in stone by the great master Giambologna.
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