Giambologna and the Sculpture with No Name

Cole, Michael
October 2008
Oxford Art Journal;2008, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p337
Academic Journal
The article explores evidence relating to the origins of an unnamed and nearly finished marble sculpture created by Giambologna. According to Raffaello Borghini, the sculptor instructed writers he knew to find a title for the statue. It was Borghini himself who proposed that the work be called La rapina delle Sabine or The Plunder of the Sabine Maidens. He suggested that the statue represented Phineus abducting Perseus' beloved Andromeda from her father Cepheus. To maintain that the statue draws on the Sabine story, he conceded that the work is linked to a single, well-defined episode than the alternative suggestion he dismisses.


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