The following text is adapted and translated from Wikipédia (English and French as both versions do not focus on the same elements) - the French version describes in details the sculpture technique used by Cellini like a thriller!.
Perseus with the head of Medusa is a bronze sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini in 1545. It lays on a square base, and is located in Florence (Italy), Piazza (place) della Signoria. That imposing place had already stunning sculptures such as the one in pure Carrara's white marble 'David' from Michelangelo and others.
Therefore the Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de Medici, wanted to leave a strong and lasting impression with his new commission to Cellini, who just left France and the king François I to come back to Florence.
|Bust of Benvenuto Cellini, by Raphaello Romanelli (1901). Picture by Thermos.|
The Wikipedia description of the statue : " Perseus stands naked, except for a sash and wingel sandals, triumphant on top of the body of Medusa with her snakey head in his raised hand. The body of Medusa spews blood from her severed neck. "
|These 4 great photographs are from Andre Durand Digital Gallery. See his website here|