Citizens, take up your arms!
You may have already seen this famous painting before. Do you know the story behind it?
The rebellious slave
This masterpiece by the sculptor Michelangelo depicts a shackled slave. Because of his twisted body and expression on his face, he is known as the Rebellious Slave. Michelangelo enjoyed sculpting nude bodies to practice getting the muscles just right. Aren’t they impressive here?
The king’s head
This is a statue of a prince, and not just any prince! It’s Prince Gudea. About 5,000 years ago, he ruled over the kingdom of Lagash, in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). Look at his folded hands: this is a gesture of prayer. Gudea was very religious.
The king’s bet
The artist Nicolas Poussin shows a season of the year in this painting. Can you guess which one? It’s harvest time. In the fields, peasants are getting ready to collect wheat. It seems to be a hot day. The trees are a dark green. It’s summer, of course!
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