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Domaine de Chantilly  
(Entrée du château)

L'Esclave mourant et l'Esclave rebelle

The Dying Slave and the Rebellious Slave

Michelangelo & Henri Maniglier

Chantilly /  L'Esclave mourant et l'Esclave rebelle   Chantilly /  L'Esclave mourant et l'Esclave rebelle


In niches flanking the entrance gate are two statues of slaves, copies of the ones made by Michelangelo.
Michelangelo undertook the project for the tomb of Pope Julius II in 1505, and began to carve the Slaves in 1513, as part of a modified project. On the pope's death, the project changed once again, for financial reasons. Michelangelo donated the Slaves to Roberto Strozzi, who brought them to France. There they came in possession of Anne de Montmorency who placed them at his castle at Écouen (in the Louvre since 1794).

The slave to the left is the dying man, letting himself carried away by his destiny, while the slave to the right is the rebel, giving the impression of wanting to free himself.

Chantilly - L'Esclave mourant et l'Esclave rebelle

Left: L'Esclave mourant / The Dying Slave

Chantilly - L'Esclave mourant et l'Esclave rebelle

Right: L'Esclave rebelle / The Rebellious Slave


.... maniglier 1851


Sources & Information


Locatie (N 49°11'37" - E 2°29'9") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: frpi090; Photograph: 16 October 2017
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