Perseus with the head of medusa

Saliera was stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum on 11 May by a thief who climbed scaffolding and smashed windows to enter the museum.

Cellini made the conscious decision to work in this medium because pouring molten metal into his cast, he was vivifying the sculpture with life-giving blood.

A Study for the Seal of the Accademia del Disegno. The thief set off the alarms, but these were ignored as false, and the theft remained undiscovered until 8: Then I sought out the other fellow who had brought the suit, and used him also such wise that he dropped it.

He wanted to respond to the sculpture already placed within the piazza, which he did with the subject matter of Medusa reducing men to stone.

The myth of Perseus and Medusa

Final return to Florence and death[ edit ] After several years of productive work in France, but beset by almost continual professional conflicts and violence, Cellini returned to Florence. Benvenuto Cellini, self-portrait, 61 x 48 cm, oil on paper and canvas, Tamoikin Art Fund From Florence he went to the court of the duke of Mantuaand then back to Florence.

With a promising plot that gets more complicated as the story progresses, this myth has a typical Hollywood-like scenario with the main character not being born yet at the moment when his destiny was determined. Hearing the news but not believing that Zeus was the father of the newborn, Acrisius let his daughter and grandchild out to the open sea on an ark.

Moreover, in that respect, Cellini also made a statement for himself in the actual casting of Perseus. Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini One of the most famous statues in piazza della Signoria in Florence Firenze Piazza della Signoria Perseus with the Head of Medusa is the famous statue by Benvenuto Cellini, found in Florence in piazza della Signoria, under the Loggia dei Lanzi, and one of the most important examples of Italian Mannerist sculpture.

The obverse and reverse, as well as the rim, are drawn full size, and moreover the morse with the precious stones set therein, including a diamond then considered the second-largest in the world, is fully described. Once cooled, melted in one single casting, a long polishing process which started in was needed, this was finished in when the statue was presented in the square.

The son of a musician and builder of musical instruments, Cellini was pushed towards music, but when he was fifteen, his father reluctantly agreed to apprentice him to a goldsmithAntonio di Sandro, nicknamed Marcone. Pegasus, a winged horse, and Chrysaor, a giant or a winged boar.

He could no longer silence his enemies by the sword, as he had silenced those in Rome. Youth[ edit ] Benvenuto Cellini was born in Florencein present-day Italy.

Perseus and the Oracle Acrisius, the king of Argos, was told by the oracle of Delphi that his own grandson would kill him one day. Although originally intended to be placed over his tomb, this crucifix was sold to the Medici family who gave it to Spain.

It is exposed in the Uffizi museum in Florence. Polydectes told Perseus to bring him the head of the gorgon Medusa. Depictions by other artists[ edit ].

Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini

When certain decisions of the court were sent me by those lawyers, and I perceived that my cause had been unjustly lost, I had recourse for my defense to a great dagger I carried; for I have always taken pleasure in keeping fine weapons.

Louvre, Paris Cellini, Benvenuto.

Benvenuto Cellini

The works of decorative art are florid in style. According to the terms of the treaty, the pope was permitted to pay a third of that sum in plate and jewels. The original relief from the foot of the pedestal—Perseus and Andromeda —is in the Bargelloand replaced by a cast.

Shut up, you filthy sodomite! Study of the man body and profile. The bronze sculpture is full of details which make it unique: Cellini is known to have taken some of his female models as mistresses, having an illegitimate daughter in with one of them while living in France, whom he named Costanza.

In his brother Cecchino killed a Corporal of the Roman Watch and in turn was wounded by an arquebusierlater dying of his wound. Louvre MuseumParis In literature, music and film[ edit ] Autobiography[ edit ] The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini was started in the year at the age of 58 and ended abruptly just before his last trip to Pisa around the year when Cellini was approximately 63 years old.

Only the bronze tympanum of this unfinished work, which represents the Nymph of Fontainebleau Paris, Louvrestill exists, but the complete aspect can be known through archives, preparatory drawings and reduced casts. Some connoisseurs attribute to his hand several plaques, "Jupiter crushing the Giants," "Fight between Perseus and Phineus ", a Dog, etc.

When Perseus grew up to a handsome and strong young man, one more time he found himself in the way of one king, this time King Polydectes, who wanted Danae to become his wife. Medusa kept her beautiful face but everything else was so monstrous.Perseus with the Head of Medusa is the famous statue by Benvenuto Cellini, found in Florence in piazza della Signoria, under the Loggia dei Lanzi, and one of the most important examples of Italian Mannerist sculpture.

In the center, Perseus lunges forward, his muscles taut as he shoves the head of Medusa at Phineus and his men. One man holds up a shield, trying to reflect the horrendous image and almost losing his balance.

Perseus With The Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi, where it has been nearly continuously since its completion around The statue was removed for cleaning and restoration in the late nineties, and perhaps is was moved (or sandbagged) during WW II.

Perseus with the Head of Medusa Marble, height cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Canova, the preeminent sculptor of the age of Neoclassicism, was a prodigiously talented carver of marble. The myth of Perseus and Medusa is one of the most known myths of the Greek Mythology.

Medusa was one of three sisters, the gorgons and Perseus beheaded her. Polydectes told Perseus to bring him the head of the gorgon Medusa. Perseus and Medusa. Medusa was one of three sisters, the gorgons, but she was the only mortal. Perseus with the Head of Medusa is a bronze sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini in the period The sculpture stands upon a square base with bronze relief panels depicting the story of Perseus and Andromeda, similar to a predella on an altarpiece.

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