Perseus
by Benvenuto CELLINI

The sculpture shows Perseus, holding the head of the Medusa which he has cut off and from whose blood the winged horse Pegasus will be born. This masterpiece in bronze was sculpted between 1545 and 1554 for the Loggia dei Lanzi (an open-air gallery) and has stood there ever since. The sculpture can be considered as the reult of a direct competition with Donatello's earlier sculpture, Judith and Holophernes.

The modelling of the statuettes in bronze on the marble base is so exquisitely done that it suggests the precision of the goldsmith rather than the sculptor's art.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Perseus
1545-54
Bronze, height 320 cm
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

1009*1400
True Color
169 Kb



Perseus
1545-54
Bronze, height 320 cm
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

800*1445
True Color
161 Kb



Perseus
1545-54
Bronze, height 320 cm
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

1006*1400
True Color
172 Kb



Perseus
1545-54
Bronze, height 320 cm
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

1012*1300
True Color
169 Kb



Perseus (detail)
1545-54
Bronze
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

950*1649
True Color
149 Kb



Perseus (detail)
1545-54
Bronze
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

1200*1002
True Color
143 Kb



Perseus (detail)
1545-54
Bronze
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

2196*1100
True Color
196 Kb



Perseus (detail)
1545-54
Bronze
Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

997*1400
True Color
205 Kb



Perseus
1540s
Wax, height 72 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1033*1000
True Color
77 Kb



Perseus
1540s
Bronze, height 75 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1006*1584
True Color
152 Kb



Perseus
1540s
Bronze, height 75 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

1000*1584
True Color
134 Kb




Summary of works by Benvenuto Cellini
Perseus | other bronze statues
salt cellar | medals and coins
sculptures in marble
decorated armour | graphics