Ugolino and His Sons. Back view.
19th c French Romantic Sculpture
(Valciennes., May 11 1827 - Oct 12 1875, Courbevoie.)
New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ugolino dell Gheradesca was an Italian nobleman who became podesta of Pisa in 1294. He became involved in a conspiracy and was condemned by the Archbishop to be locked in a tower with his children and left to starve. The children offered to sacrifice their bodies so that their father might live. Dante tells his story in Canto 33 of the Inferno. The figure was modeled c. 1860-61 and carved in marble 1865-67.
CARPEAUX Jean-Baptiste | Ugolino and His Sons. Back view. | 1860-1867| French | Romanticism
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