Benvenuto Cellini

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Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571 CE) was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, medallist, and goldsmith whose most famous works today include the bronze statue of Perseus holding the head of Medusa, which now stands in Florence, and a magnificent gold salt cellar made for Francis I of France (r. 1515-1547 CE), now in Vienna. Although the surviving body of Cellini's work is surprisingly small, he remains one of the best-known Renaissance artists thanks to his colourful autobiography, written around 1558 CE.

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  • 1500 - 1571
    Life of the Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini.
  • 1519 - 1540
    The Florentine Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini works in Rome.
  • 1540 - 1545
    The Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini works for Francis I of France.
  • 1545
    The Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini returns to Florence to work for Cosimo I de Medici.
  • 1545 - 1554
    The Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini works on his bronze sculpture of Perseus and Medusa.
  • c. 1558
    The Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini works on his autobiography.
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