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Benvenuto Cellini

[Italian Mannerist Sculptor and Goldsmith, 1500-1571]

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I say that the art of sculpture is eight times as great as any other art based on drawing, because a statue has eight views and they must all be equally good.
- Benvenuto Cellini


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Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteFitzwilliam Museum PHAROS Website, Cambridge, UK

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Hercules Pendant, 1540
Satyr, 1542

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Notable SiteBenvenuto Cellini at the Louvre Museum, Paris
The Nymph of Fontainebleau, bronze, 1542-43

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Database, Paris

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  

Notable SiteBenvenuto Cellini at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
3 works by Benvenuto Cellini

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK
(Zoomable - look for the magnifying glass and the text "Magnify image")
Satyr, 1542

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
21 works by or related to the artist

Drawings from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

Frick Collection, New York City
Ganymede, bronze

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Neptune, ca.1560

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  

State Museums of Florence, Italy
Portrait of Bindo Altoviti, 1549
Portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici, 1545-48

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
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Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteBenvenuto Cellini in the Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteBenvenuto Cellini in the Web Gallery of Art  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

1200 Years of Italian Sculpture (mostly in Italian)  

Aiwaz Panopticon

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
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California State University WorldImages Database  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project  
Perseus and Medusa

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project  
Cosimo I

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

PBase Photo Sharing
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University of Michigan SILS Art Image Browser

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Miscellaneous Sites:
The Fine Arts Conservancy, Florida
Interesting before-and-after examples of artwork restorations
Satyr, ink and black chalk drawing

The Modernist Journals Project
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Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Benvenuto Cellini  
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Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia

Dictionary of Art Historians  
Biographical entry with emphasis on the subject's contribution to the art historical research

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
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My Life (Oxford World's Classics)

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Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture


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The Nymph of Fontainebleau, 1542
The Nymph of Fontainebleau, 1542

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Perseus with the head of Medusa, 1545-53
Perseus with the head of Medusa, 1545-53

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Salt cellar, or Saliera, of the earth and sea united
Salt cellar, or Saliera, of the earth and sea united

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