The Abduction of a Sabine Woman

The Abduction of a Sabine Woman


Andrea Andreani

(Italian, about 1558–1610)

after Giambologna

(Flemish, active Italy, 1529-1608)

Chiaroscuro woodcut

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1925.1221

Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch XII.93.2



By the end of the 1500s, Michelangelo’s heroic nudes had entered the artistic consciousness of the era. 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. Although the composition was not based on any completed Michelangelo sculpture, drawings by him with a similarly entwined sculptural group were known in the 1500s. Giambologna’s sculpture was installed in Florence in the public piazza near Michelangelo’s David.

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