A Florentine Evening
to celebrate 150 years of the unveiling of Benvenuto Cellini’s statue of Perseus, the Pearl of the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.
Lecture: The Adventure of Perseus
by Margherita MOSCOGIURI
(to conquer the quick eye and sharp tongue of the Florentines)
The Bronze statue of the mythologic hero is the crowning glory of Benvenuto Cellini and after 460 years still proudly stands under the Loggia dei Lanzi in his terrible and naked magnificence. It took 9 years to be shown in public on April 1554, while Duke Cosimo I watched in anxiety from a window in Palazzo Vecchio, remembering the awful reception from the people of Hercules and Cacus by Bandinelli. Perseus was an outstanding triumph and Cellini can claim eternal fame for having successfully competed with Michelangelo, Donatello, Giambologna, whose masterpieces ennoble Piazza della Signoria.
Perseus breathed new life to the square, pleased the political aims of Cosimo, appealed to the difficult tastes of the Florentines and Cellini made a statement for himself by the actual casting, a huge achievement in the history of fusion and art. The talk will focus on the colourful adventure of modelling and casting Perseus and on the more than colourful personality of Cellini, a peculiar Florentine genius with an extraordinary life.
The lecture will be followed by a Florentine Dinner with the most exquisite flavours and wines of the Tuscan Region.
The Evening will be held at Polish Club 1st Floor 55 Exhibition Road
|Price||£39 Members and Friends
to include the lecture and a light Florentine supper with wine