Benvenuto

Cellini

Artistic period 1501 to 1550

Nationality

Italian

Birth

1500 (Firenze)

Death

1571 (Firenze)

Biography

Benvenuto Cellini (* 3 November 1500 in Florence; † 13 February 1571 ibid.) was an Italian goldsmith and sculptor and a famous representative of Mannerism.

Benvenuto Cellini is considered one of the great sculptors of post-antiquity and a typical "uomo universale" of the Italian Renaissance. After his work had been almost forgotten for several hundred years, it was rediscovered at the beginning of the 19th century. He worked on the threshold of the High Renaissance to Mannerism as a sculptor, goldsmith, medalist, but also as a writer and musician.