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The results of National French Competition (Le Grand Concours) have been announced. Congratulations to the following RRDHS students who have placed in the National Top 10 and received Silver and Bronze medals:

Giambologna, Abduction of a Sabine Woman, 1581-83, marble, 410 cm high (Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence)

The story of how Giambologna came to create the Sabine sculpture is almost as interesting as the historical tale it represents. Giambologna (born Jean du Boulogne in Douai in Flanders), arrived in Florence sometime around 1552, and within a few short years was court sculptor to the Medici and running his own large and productive workshop. Giambologna was highly regarded for his small to mid-size works in marble and bronze which were collected by connoisseurs and sent as Medicean diplomatic gifts all across Europe.


1) Science Fair Finalist and State Fair participant

Giambologna, Mercury, c. 1586, bronze, 72cm high (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)

Junior Isabel Plana recently participated in the State of Florida Engineering Science Fair and received the following awards:
1- Naval Science Award from the US Navy and Marine Corp
This award is a recognition to those students interested in science and technology.


The only way to preserve someone’s likeness was to draw or paint it.

The Sabine was indeed a triumph for Giambologna. According to one account, when the work was officially unveiled to the Florentine public, not one person could find fault with it.[5] And if we compare the Sabine with another multi-figure group, such as Bandinelli’s two-figure , it is immediately apparent how Giambologna dramatically altered the conception of a sculpture involving more than two figures. Bandinelli’s Hercules stands over a defeated Cacus, both men trapped in stony stillness. Neither figure expresses emotion or seems to possess the potential for movement.

This is called first-person point-of-view, and it imitates speech.

Five students from Reagan/Doral Senior High School were named Top in USA in six categories of the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learners Award from University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in recognition of their outstanding performance in the June 2010 examination session:
Maria Marquez – AS Level First Language Spanish
Fabiana Zappala – IGCSE Foreign Language Spanish
Gregory Mayard-Paul – A Level French Language
Raysa Cabrejo – A Level Chemistry & A Level History
Angela Bermudez – A Level Spanish

Did it make him a realistic painter?

The subject is a dramatic one from ancient Roman history. According to the accounts of both Livy and Plutarch, after the city of Rome was founded in 750 B.C.E., the male population of the city was in need of women to ensure both the success of the city and the propagation of Roman lineage. After failed negotiations with the neighboring town of Sabine for their women, the Roman men devised a scheme to abduct the Sabine women (which they did during a summer festival).

Do you agree with the statement it makes?

The Abduction of the Sabine Woman proved to be Giambologna’s entrée into the Florentine world of monumental sculpture. From this point forward he went on to create numerous other works that occupy principal sites in Florence, including the Cosimo I de’Medici Equestrian Monument in the Piazza della Signoria, St. Luke for a niche at Orsanmichele, and a brilliant Hercules Battling the Centaur, which is situated just a few feet from his Sabine group in the Loggia dei Lanzi.