Rape of the Sabines I

Bonnie Blanton

Joined January 2009

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Florence, Italy

*Canon EOS 40D
*Quantaray Lens:70-300

No Photoshop

*Thank you to the Italy And All Things Italian for featuring my photograph “Rape Of The Sabines” on March 31, 2009. I am very honored to be featured among so many other talented artists. Thank you again!

*Thank you “Statues and Such Group” for featuring my photo Rape of the Sabines on 1/16/2009. I am truly honored!

*The sculpture by Giambologna (1579–1583) that was reinterpreted as expressing this theme depicts three figures (a man lifting a woman into the air while a second man crouches) and was carved from a single block of marble. This sculpture is considered Giambolona’s masterpiece2 Originally intended as nothing more than a demonstration of the artist’s ability to create a complex sculptural group, its subject matter, the legendary rape of the Sabines, had to be invented after Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, decreed that it be put on public display in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria, Florence.

*The Rape of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families. (In this context, rape means “kidnapping” (raptio) rather than its prevalent modern meaning of sexual violation.) Recounted by Livy and Plutarch (‘Parallel Lives’ II, 15 and 19), it provided a subject for Renaissance and post-Renaissance works of art that combined a suitably inspiring example of the hardihood and courage of ancient Romans with the opportunity to depict multiple figures, including semi-clothed women, in intensely passionate struggle. Comparable themes from Classical Antiquity are the Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs and the theme of Amazonomachy, the battle of Theseus with the Amazons. A comparable opportunity drawn from Christian legend was afforded by the theme of the Massacre of the Innocents. (Excerpted from Wikipedia)

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