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

Perseus

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

The bronze, which is one of the most celebrated of the Renaissance for its great size, considered unequaled in a single casting up to the Industrial Revolution, has recently undergone restoration. Highly sophisticated gold decoration was revealed, which had been used instead of another design for even more complex damascene ornamentation.