These four unfinished oversized statues were planned for the monument of Julius II. Part of the contract of 1516 specifying 22 sculptures they now reside in the Galleria dell' Accademia in Florence. They are, from left to right, Awakening Slave, Atlas Slave, Bearded Slave and Young Slave.
These two figures flank the statue of Moses, both are over six feet high but do not compete with the central figure. (Moses, over eight feet tall)
The Medici Chapel Statues. 1520-1534
San Lorenzo, Florence.
This monumental work was a combination of Michelangelo's skills in architecture and sculpture. It had long been an ambition of the artist to utilise these skills within the same artistic framework and his work in the Medici Chapel realised that ambition.
The Tomb of Lorenzo, with the male Dusk and female Dawn. (s)
Lorenzo de Medici (s)
This is of Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino, and not Lorenzo the Magnificent who was the most important member of the Medici family.
The Tomb of Giuliano, with the female Night and the male Day. (s)
Right:- "Giuliano de'Medici" (s)
Giuliano de 'Medici, Duke of Nemours.
This statue is an idealised, heroic depiction, created in the classical style by Michelangelo.
Detail of the female Night and Tragic Mask, beneath the body of Night suggesting that sleep imitates death. Owl, below the left leg of Night, is symbolic of the hours of darkness.