The Rape of the Sabine Women at Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy

In 1583, an enormous block of marble was transformed by Giambologna into The Rape of the Sabine Women. It does not depict a sexual crime. Instead, it portrays when Roman men abducted women from a neighboring tribe to be their wives around 750BC. It is one of several beautiful but often graphic statues inside the open-air Loggia dei Lanzi at the Piazza della Signoria.

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Chiasso dei Baroncelli, 3, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

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