Perseus with the head of Medusa

Perseus with the head of Medusa

Purchased from the former Königlichen Museen (Gipsformerei, Berlin) in 1882 for £1 5s

Original:

Perseus with the head of Medusa
Benvenuto Cellini (1500-71)
About 1545
Marble
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy

This is a model for the large statue of Perseus commissioned in 1545 by Grand Duke Cosimo I of Tuscany (1519-74). The finished statue was installed in the Loggi de' Lanzi in Florence in September, 1554.