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

Ganymede

1540s
Marble, height 106 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

For carving his Ganymede, Cellini used Greek marble which Cosimo I de' Medici had ordered specially. Cellini's composition is an entirely new interpretation of the subject that does not follow Michelangelo's iconography with the figure astride the eagle.