Captives? No!

In Florence, Italy, there is a gallery containing four human figures carved by Michelangelo. This particular display is unique because the figures appear unfinished, still largely trapped in the blocks of marble. They are called his "Captives" and seem to be struggling to free themselves from their rough-hewn stone prisons.

It is reported that Michelangelo did not work from drawn plans but went directly to a block of marble and began carving out the image he saw in his mind's eye. Although unfinished, these powerful, emerging figures give us insight into the ideal forms he perceived and planned to depict.

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