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Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini bronze sculpture statue

Made of 100% pure bronze (lost wax)
Finish: hand pantinated finish
Dimensions: 10.6" x 43" (27 x 109cm)
Item No. BE130
Period: Renaisanse


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Benvenuto Cellini (November 3, 1500 – February 13, 1571) was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, painter, soldier and musician , who also wrote a famous autobiography. He was one of the most important artists of Mannerism. The sculpture shows Perseus, holding the head of the Medusa which he has cut off and from whose blood the winged horse Pegasus will be born. This masterpiece in bronze was sculpted between 1545 and 1554 for the Loggia dei Lanzi (an open-air gallery) and has stood there ever since. The sculpture can be considered as the reult of a direct competition with Donatello’s earlier sculpture, Judith and Holophernes. The modelling of the reliefs in bronze on the marble base is so exquisitely done that it suggests the precision of the goldsmith rather than the sculptor’s art.

Made of bronze (lost wax). "Lost Wax" bronze (or hot-cast bronze) is actually 100% pure Bronze - essentially copper and tin. The most known and used process for making "lost wax" involves pouring of molten bronze. This is the same method used by the ancient civilizations to create bronze sculptures. The making of a "lost wax" bronze is a complex and time consuming process, and specific technical expertise is needed to accomplish the task of making a bronze.

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