When I first visited Chris’ Millers Figure Sculpture site more than a year ago, I noticed that there was no mention of Australia and New Zealand which worried me. I spent some time trying to find some examples to offer him but failed to fine anything suitable on the internet and so had to accept defeat.
I came across Power’s "Greek Slave", above, through a search for “Parian Ware” a medium in which I have recently completed a commission.
(see http://iath.virginia.edu/utc/sentimnt/grslvhp.html for a brief history)
Slavery and the history of slavery are not subjects I know a lot about, but it is a subject that crops up quite often in "browsing" Fine Art.
Many Painters and sculptors have depicted or illustrated the condition with their own agenda in mind. In my naivety, I like to believe they intended to stimulate the “male gaze syndrome” only to draw attention to the issue; to cause guilt in the male conscience and anger in the female one and a positive reaction in both.
Anyway, whatever you may think of their intentions some of these works are beautiful and the work well executed.
My school had a “house” named after Mr. Wilberforce and I post these images in recognition of this anniversary year when such suffering was abolished in the British Empire.
Lilli Wislicenus' "Captive"
The Abastenia St Leger Eberle, above named "White Slave", is as controversial now as it was when first exhibited in the 19th c. This was part of her protest against prostitution as well as the “accident” of White slavery in North America.
White Captive is a specially beautiful work as is the next one below
by a Scottish sculptor Thomas Clapperton
Slavery was not new, here is one example from Michelangelo