Florence In Florence Cellini continued as a goldsmith but also took up large-scale sculpture in the round, becoming the rival of sculptor Baccio Bandinelli This allowed Cellini to return to his native Florence, although he was soon on the move again - first to the court of the Duke of Mantua, then to Florence.
In the same period he restored an antique torso from Palestrina as Ganymede —47; Uffizi, Florence and carved his marble figures of Apollo and Hyacinth and of Narcissus —47 ; all three works are now in the Bargello in Florence, as is a small relief of a greyhound made as a trial cast for the Perseus If Perseus is turned to stone, he gets Danae.
In December it was removed from the Loggia and transferred to the Uffizi for cleaning and restoration. Study of the man body and profile. Cellini gave life with his new sculpture in his use of bronze and asserted the Medician control over the Florentine people through the Perseus motif.
His bride to be plotted with Perseus to defeat her selfish uncle. Rome Little is recorded of his early career in Rome, or the details of the goldsmiths or workshops where he practised his craft.
Cellini is portrayed as a passionate and troubled man, plagued by the inconsistencies of life under the "patronage" of a false and somewhat cynical court.
This was not the first, nor the last time, that Cellini was implicated for sodomy once with a woman and at least three times with men during his lifeillustrating his strong homosexual or bisexual tendencies. Bycenturies of environmental pollution exposure had streaked and banded the statue.
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. A bronze bust of a banker and patron of the arts, Bindo Altoviti c.
How to Appreciate Sculpture. Her appearance was punishment for thinking too highly of herself. Through the influence of several cardinalsCellini obtained a pardon.
Duke Alessandro I was the first Florentine duke and Hercules and Cacus was revealed during his time and met with terrible reception by the public in The work was very complex as he had to create a flame at a temperature adapted to both the insufficiency of the basin and for a fire in his workshop.
At the age of fifteen, contrary to the hopes of his father, he was apprenticed to the Florentine goldsmith Antonio di Sandro. The memoirs give a detailed account of his singular career, as well as his loves, hatreds, passions, and delights, written in an energetic, direct, and racy style; as one critic wrote, "[o]ther goldsmiths have done finer work, but Benvenuto Cellini is the author of the most delightful autobiography ever written.
The works of decorative art are florid in style. Another celebrated work from Rome is the gold medallion of " Leda and the Swan " executed for the Gonfaloniere Gabbriello Cesarinoand which is now in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.
Its principal figures are a naked sea god and a woman, sitting opposite each other with legs entwined, symbolically representing the planet Earth. Youth[ edit ] Benvenuto Cellini was born in Florencein present-day Italy. This did not please Perseus as Andromeda was now to be his wife.
His wayward discus throw struck Acrisios and killed him, fulfilling the prophecy. For details of the origins and development of the plastic arts see: From Siena he moved to Bologna, visited Pisa and returned twice to Florence, before leaving for Rome.Cellini produced one of the most beautiful works of this time in his masterpiece of Perseus.
It was a remarkable feat whose story cannot go untold (Huntley ). Cellini and I had arrived in Florence from France for a short while. Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini Perseus with the Head of Medusa, under Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence Perseus with the Head of Medusa is a bronze sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini in the period Benvenuto Cellini, (born Nov.
1,Florence—died Feb. 13,Florence), Florentine sculptor, goldsmith, and writer, one of the most important Mannerist artists and, because of the lively account of himself and his period in his autobiography, one of the most picturesque figures of the Renaissance.
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.
Cellini, one of the greatest goldsmiths of the Renaissance, was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici to sculpt this work in Cellini, Perseus Beheading the Medusa () Bronze.
Piazza della Signoria, Florence. Smarthistory images for teaching and learning: More Smarthistory images Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. David Drogin, "Benvenuto Cellini, Perseus with the Head of Medusa," in Smarthistory, December 15,accessed August 21,wine-cloth.comDownload