CELLINI, Benvenuto
(b. 1500, Firenze, d. 1571, Firenze)

Salt Cellar (detail)

Gold, enamel and ebony
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The two recumbent male figures that decorate the wooden base and support the whole composition are modelled on Michelangelo"s two marble statues in the Sagrestia Nuova in San Lorenzo, Florence. The figure shown the picture is based on Michelangelo's Dusk.