The Abduction of a Sabine Woman

(Italian, about 1558–1610)
(Flemish, active Italy, 1529–1608)
Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch XII.93.2
Location: not on view
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The Abduction of a Sabine Woman is the first attempt in the chiaroscuro technique by Andrea Andreani, as well as the first chiaroscuro ever to depict a work of sculpture.


A pinnacle of sculpture in the generation after Michelangelo was Giambologna’s Abduction of the Sabine Women, depicted here in a contemporaneous print by Andrea Andreani. Giambologna created a twisting harmony of three forms that capture the narrative of a Roman male abducting a Sabine woman and vanquishing a Sabine male below. Giambologna’s sculpture was installed in Florence in the public piazza near Michelangelo’s David.
The Abduction of a Sabine Woman

The Abduction of a Sabine Woman


Andrea Andreani, Giambologna

(Italian, about 1558–1610), (Flemish, active Italy, 1529–1608)
Italy, 16th century

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