DANTI, Vincenzo
(b. 1530, Perugia, d. 1576, Perugia)

Cosimo as Augustus

1568-72
Marble, height 280 cm
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

This statue was commissioned by Cosimo I de' Medici for the cross-arm of the Uffizi, Florence. It repeats the pose of Michelangelo's Bacchus which Francesco de' Medici bought for the ducal collection in 1572. Francesco seems to have been involved with this commission, at least in its early stage. He replaced the statue in 1595 with Giambologna's figure of a standing Cosimo I now still in place.