Lost wax bronze replica from original mold.
Author: Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571)
The original masterpiece is now located inside the National Bargello Musem in Florence.
The replica substituting the original underneath the Loggia de' Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria (Florence) has been cast by the Frilli Gallery Foundry.
Zeus’ statue makes part of the four group of statues inserted into the niches at the base of the Perseus.
Zeus was father to Perseus, whom he had conceived together with Danae, coming down into Danae’s prison under the form of gold rain drops. Danae had been imprisoned by her father King Acrisio who was afraid of the birth of a nephew that would have eventually killed him, as predicted by the Oracle of Delphos.
Zeus, who will save Danae and Perseus by driving them on the floating sea all the way to the Isle of Serifo, and after that having interceded in helping Perseus trough Mercury and Minerva fighting the Gorgone Medusa, will be invested of the role of true defender of them. And he becomes like an allegorical representation of the figure of Cosimo I de’ Medici, strong and important guardian of the city of Florence.
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