Dying Slave
Dimensions215 cm (85 in)
LocationLouvre, Paris
Preceded byRebellious Slave
Followed byYoung Slave

The Dying Slave is a sculpture by the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Created between 1513 and 1516, it was to serve with another figure, the Rebellious Slave, at the tomb of Pope Julius II.[1] It is a marble figure 2.15 metres (7' 4") in height, and is exhibited at the Louvre, Paris.

In 1976 the art historian Richard Fly wrote that it "suggests that moment when life capitulates before the relentless force of dead matter".[2] However, in a recent scholarly volume entitled The Slave in European Art, Charles Robertson discusses the Dying Slave in the context of real slavery in Italy during the era of the Renaissance.[3]

Fourteen reproductions of the Dying Slave adorn the top storey of the 12th arrondissement police station in Paris.[4] Although Art Deco in style, the building was designed in 1991 by architects Manuel Núñez Yanowsky [es] and Miriam Teitelbaum.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ Panofsky, Erwin. "The First Two Projects of Michelangelo's Tomb of Julius II". The Art Bulletin, Volume 19, No. 4, December 1937. pp. 561–579.
  2. ^ Fly, Richard. Shakespeare's Mediated World. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1976. p. 30.
  3. ^ Charles Robertson, "Allegory and Ambiguity in Michelangelo's Slave", in The Slave in European Art: From Renaissance Trophy to Abolitionist Emblem, ed. Elizabeth McGrath and Jean Michel Massing, London (The Warburg Institute) 2012.
  4. ^ "« L'esclave mourant » de l'Hôtel de Police du 12ème" [The Dying Slave on the police station of the 12th arrondissement]. Brèves d'histoire (in French). WordPress. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Challenge 7: Curious figures on the Avenue Daumesnil Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  6. ^ Promenade Plantee Retrieved 4 July 2018.

Media related to Dying Slave by Michelangelo at Wikimedia Commons

External videos
video icon Michelangelo's Slaves, Smarthistory