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Bas-relief depicting the dead bodies of Count Ugolino della Gheradesca and his sons and grandsons, reputedly left to die imprisoned in a tower at Pisa in 1289, wax. Framed. In one early inventory this relief is said to be 'after Michelangelo'. This seems unlikely. There is a relief of Ugolino and his sons by Pierino da Vinci ( c. 1529–1553 or 1554), in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, but although this may be of similar date The story of Count Ugolino owes its fame to the fact that it is re-told in Dante's Inferno, book one of the Divine Comedy. Dante places Ugolino in the section of Hell reserved for those who betray their country or kin. According to Dante, the prisoners were slowly starved to death and before dying Ugolino's children begged him to eat their bodies.

Museum number: S48


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