This sculpure is a cast of a bronze sculpture of the exact same name. The first sculpture stands on long-term display of the Piazza della Signoria in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy. Duke Cosimo I de? Medici, the second Florentine duke, commissioned the work to the other sculptural works in the piazza with particular political links. When the piece was disclosed to the public on 27 Michelangelo?s Bandinelli?s, David Hercules and Cacus, and Donatello?s Judith and Holofernes were erected in the piazza.
This mold has little differences in kind; performed by Hubert Gerhard (about 1550-1623) for the Grottenhof in the Residenz in Munich. There are minor variations in beheaded Medusa and the foundation is totally different to the first functioning to be only a rock that Perseus stands on in contrapposto.
The subject matter of the work is the mythological story of Perseus beheading Medusa, a girl that is repulsive -faced Gorgon whose hair was turned to snakes and anyone that looked at her was turned to rock. Perseus stands nude except for a sash and winged sandals, victorious in addition to the body of Medusa with her snakey head in his hand that is raised. The body of Medusa spews blood from her severed neck. The bronze sculpture and Medusa?s head is suitably encircled by three enormous marble statues of Hercules: guys, David and after Neptune and turns men to stone. Cellini breathed new life into the piazza visitor through his new use of the head of Medusa and the motifs and bronze in Perseus he used to react to the preceding sculpture in the piazza.
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