November 3, 2013

italianartsociety:

Benvenuto Cellini was born on this day in 1500. One of the greatest sculptors of his generation, Cellini worked in gold, bronze, and marble. Among his finest works are the magnificent gold salt cellar made for King Francis I and the bronze statue of Perseus holding the head of Medusa, which he cast in one piece. Cellini is also famous for his autobiography full of tales of professional rivalry and jealousy.

Reference: Alessandro Nova. “Cellini, Benvenuto.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.<http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T015121>.

Further reading: The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini (1999); Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture by Michael W. Cole (2002)

Salt Cellar, 1540-44, gold, enamel and ebony, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Bust of Cosimo I, 1546-47, bronze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

Perseus, 1545-54, bronze, Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence

May 18, 2013
artandopinion:

Resurrection
1457 - 1459
Andrea Mantegna

artandopinion:

Resurrection

1457 - 1459

Andrea Mantegna

December 21, 2010
Erotisme/Erotism
Ecole italienne
Léda
15th century, Renaissance (période)

Erotisme/Erotism

Ecole italienne

Léda

15th century, Renaissance (période)