Florence

Lanfranco Baldi

Via della Pergola

Lanfranco Baldi showed his sculpture series “Ombre della sera” (Shadows of the evening, 1986) in the building that, about four and a half centuries ago, housed the forge where Benvenuto Cellini cast his Perseus. As described in Cellini’s own Life, it was a difficult and adventurous casting, during which there was an explosion in the furnace, and to keep the molten bronze in the proper state he had his men throw all of his pewter platters, porringers, and dishes (about 200 pieces) into the furnace and channels of the forge. However, whereas Cellini melted down a multitude of domestic objects in order to create the bronze that gave form to the shining figure of the young hero, Baldi made each of the four sculptures in this exhibition by carving sandstone into a form resembling various incongruous objects which, when fired in a kiln, turned black as coal. Cellini’s Perseus adorns one of the

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