PERSEUS WITH THE HEAD OF MEDUSA – GREEN

4.600,00

Reproduction of the famous bronze statue by Benvenuto Cellini, representing Perseus holding the head of Medusa.
Handcrafted product made in Tuscany in lost wax bronze casting on a ‘Verde Guatemala’ marble base.
The statue is to be found under the Loggia dei Lanzi, which is part of the Gallerie degli Uffizi.

Completed in 1554, almost ten years after the start of the undertaking, Benvenuto Cellini’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa is one of the most famous Mannerist works. The subject depicts the hero of the myth after decapitating Medusa, whose head he holds in one hand. The curious story of the work is told by Cellini himself in his memoirs: not having the necessary funds to complete a bronze statue of such dimensions, he ended up melting down and using all the tinware he owned. The statue also conveyed a political message: commissioned by Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, it depicts him as he concludes with a clean cut the Republican era, personified by Medusa and the snakes emerging from her body.

Availability: In stock

Height: cm 51
Weight: kg 7
Material and finishing: lost wax bronze casting on a ‘Verde Guatemala’ marble base, dark green patina
Shipping: White Gloves handling or special needs – Contact info@firenzemuseistore.com

Craftsman: Fonderia Artistica Marinelli
An undisputed Florentine excellence, the Foundry is heir to a tradition that has been handed down from master to apprentice since the 16th century. Known for its faithful bronze replicas of Renaissance originals, now placed also in the city’s squares and streets, Fonderia Marinelli’s selection also includes small-scale replicas of sculptures from the Uffizi Galleries and under the Loggia dei Lanzi. All the subjects are bronze castings with different patinas and are placed on marble and bronze bases.

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