Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini
*Canon EOS 40D
*Thank you to the Statues And Such group for featuring my photograph “The Myth Of Perseus And Medusa:She Lost” on 3/20/2009. I am an honored and excited!
*Located in The Loggia dei Lanzi, also called the Loggia della Signoria, is a building on a corner of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, adjoining the Uffizi Gallery. It consists of wide arches open to the street, three bays wide and one bay deep. The arches rest on clustered pilasters with Corinthian capitals. The wide arches appealed so much to the Florentines, that Michelangelo even proposed that they should be continued all around the Piazza della Signoria. (Excerpted from Wikipedia)
*Besides his works in gold and silver, Cellini executed sculptures of grander scale. The most distinguished of these is the bronze group of “Perseus holding the head of Medusa”, a work (first suggested by Duke Cosimo I de Medici) now in the Loggia dei Lanzi at Florence, his attempt to surpass Michelangelo’s David and Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes. The casting of this work caused Cellini much trouble and anxiety, but it was hailed as a masterpiece as soon as it was completed. The original relief from the foot of the pedestal — Perseus and Andromeda — is in the Bargello, and replaced by a cast.
By 1996, centuries of environmental pollution exposure had streaked and banded the statue. In December of that year it was removed from the Loggia and transferred to the Uffizi for cleaning and restoration. It was a slow, years-long process, and the restored statue was not returned to its home until June 2000. (Excerpted from Wikipedia)