Unfortunately, many statues intended for the Florentine church (Medici chapel) by Michelangelo could not be completed. And some of the many statues created by the master for this purpose also did not become a decoration of the tomb. Among such works, the figure of the “Crouching Boy” (the Boy Squatting Squatting), which is now in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, is especially distinguished.
This small size marble statue is considered by many to be one of the most striking specimens, quite bold in terms of plastic solutions, by the imagination of an Italian sculptor. After all, he decided to place the figure of a man in a marble block made in the shape of a small cube. And I must say, he did it quite successfully.
This sculpture of a squatting boy is not quite finished. The bottom is processed only with a dowel, and the top of the statue is slightly ironed. The pose itself in this figure is rather unusual: the boy squatting down and bending over, hands clutching his fingers on his right leg, it can be assumed that he clamps the wound to stop the blood flowing from there.
This statue can be considered an example of an excellent embodiment of one of the main principles of Michelangelo as a sculptor, who often argued that the sculpture should be performed in such a way that when it falls, even from a high mountain, nothing could break off.
The master has always sought to maintain the closest possible connection of the statue with the originally selected block of stone. He tried only to identify the key figure in the material, removing a little extra stone and giving it a certain shape. Therefore, the sculpture "Crouched Boy" is perceived visually as an integral living image, subtly conveying the features of the outlines of the human body and its state of mind.
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