Abduction of a Sabine Woman

Also known as Johannes of Boulogne, Jean de Boulogne, and Giovanni da Bologna.

Year: 1581Artist: Categories: ,

Composed in the figura serpentinata style, the statue depicts three nude figures. The impression is that the man in the center has taken the woman from a desperate and upset elder man, who is displayed below him.

This is the myth behind the Abduction of a Sabine Woman. Legend holds that the statue is loosely based on the rapes that occurred on the Sabine women, an incident taken from Rome’s early history.