Perseus with the Head of Medusa

Sculpted by Bevenuto Cellini in the middle of the 16th century this bronze statue stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi, adjacent to Florence's Palazzo Vecchio (which you can see in the background). The Greek hero Perseus is holding the head of the Gorgon Medusa, who turned men to stone if they even glanced at her. Her hair is a mass of snakes, and blood gushes from the neck

Cellini's work had to compete with the likes of Michelangelo's David, on the square in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, as well as Donatello's Judith and Holofernes, located near Perseus in the Loggia dei Lanzi.

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Check out this video about the creation of a highly detailed 3D scan of Vermeer's famous painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and then examine the painting for yourself in unprecedented detail.

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