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Italia - Florencia - Piazza della Signoria - Escultura Perseo de Cellini

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ENGLISH

Perseus with the Head of Medusa is a bronze sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini in the period 1545–1554. The sculpture stands upon a square base with bronze relief panels depicting the story of Perseus and Andromeda, similar to a predella on an altarpiece. It is located in the Loggia dei Lanzi of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. The second Florentine duke, Duke Cosimo I de' Medici, commissioned the work with specific political connections to the other sculptural works in the piazza. When the piece was revealed to the public on 27 April 1554, Michelangelo's David, Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus, and Donatello's Judith and Holofernes were already erected in the piazza.

The subject matter of the work is the mythological story of Perseus beheading Medusa, a hideous woman-faced Gorgon whose hair was turned to snakes and anyone that looked at her was turned to stone. Perseus stands naked except for a sash and winged 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. The bronze sculpture and Medusa's head turns men to stone and is appropriately surrounded by three huge marble statues of men: Hercules, David, and later Neptune. Cellini breathed new life into the piazza visitor through his new use of bronze in Perseus and the head of Medusa and the motifs he used to respond to the previous sculpture in the piazza. If one examines the sculpture from the back, you can see the self-image of the sculptor Cellini on the backside of Perseus' helmet.

The sculpture is thought to be the first statue since the classical age where the base included a figurative sculpture forming an integral part of the work.

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ESPAÑOL

Perseo con la cabeza de Medusa, también denominada el Perseo de Cellini, es una escultura realizada en bronce por Benvenuto Cellini. Es considerada una de las obras cumbre de la escultura manierista italiana y una de las estatuas más famosas de la Piazza della Signoria en Florencia, Italia.

Desde el primer momento, el artista sabía cuál iba a ser el emplazamiento de su estatua.

La escultura es una representación del mito griego, donde Polidectes quería deshacerse de Perseo para seducir a su madre, Dánae. Así que un día le explicó que las Gorgonas eran horrendas y monstruosas, sobre todo Medusa. Polidectes ordenó a Perseo que fuera en busca de Medusa y que le cortara la cabeza, y así obedeció Perseo. Se fue de Grecia hasta Sicilia, donde dos hadas le dieron un espejo con el que se protegería de la imagen de Medusa, una espada para cortar su cabeza, un saco para guardarla, unas sandalias aladas para que pudiera volar y un casco que lo hiciera invisible al usarlo. Al cumplir su mandato, de la sangre de Medusa nació un Pegaso en el que se fue volando.

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  • Taken: Sep 21, 2017
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  • Updated: Sep 23, 2020