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HIDDEN TREASURES OF FLORENCE: BENVENUTO CELLINI SELF-PORTRAIT Loggia De’ Lanzi Piazza della Signoria - Firenze

In Signoria square, one of the most renowned of the city, we suggest to visit the Loggia De’ Lanzi, that takes its name from the Lanzichenecchi troops camped here during their march against Rome in 1527. The Loggia was originally built to host the public official assemblies of the municipality held in front of the population and houses famous masterpieces, among which stands out the Perseo statue realized by Benvenuto Cellini between 1545 and 1554, as commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici. The majestic bronze sculpture represents the triumphant Perseo holding the head of Medusa and hides a curious secret. Chiseled in the helmet, just at the nape, you can see the bearded self-portrait of Benvenuto Cellini. It seems that the artist intended to mark his masterpiece that took him so much time and efforts. In fact, other great statues of that age were first fused in different pieces and then assembled, while the Perseo was exceptionally fused in a single jet with approximately 18 quintals of bronze and others metals (zinc, lead, copper and tin).

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