Title: Salt Cellar
Artist: Benvenuto Cellini(1500-1571)
Material:gold, enamel and ebony
Work Date: 1540 - 1543
Size：h26 x w34cm. h10 1/4 x w13 1/8
Collection: Was concealed at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Now stolen.
This beautiful salt cellar is made of two figures - Neptune and Ceres, who represent Water and Earth. Their intertwined legs symbolize the combination of these elements, which together produce salt.
Cellini was a celebrated goldsmith, sculptor and engraver. He worked for emperors, kings, popes and princes; this particular object was made for king Francis 1 of France. The splendour and grace of Cellini's work is a perfect example of the Mannerist school.
The aim of these artists was to appeal to the emotions through aesthetic effect. This led to the use of elongated figures and sharp colours, as can be seen in the work of late sixteenth - century artists.
A great deal is known about Cellini's tempestuous life from his autobiography, which is full of racy anecdotes such as an account of his imprisonment for stealing the papal crown jewels. Unfortunately, most of Cellini's smaller works - medals, cups and daggers - were melted down. Many of his larger masterpieces, however, have survived.
The Saliera is the only work of gold which can be attributed to Cellini with certainty and is sometimes referred to as the "Mona Lisa of Sculpture."
On May 11, 2003, the Saliera was stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which was covered by a scaffolding at that time due to reconstruction works.
The Saliera was recovered on January 21, 2006 buried in a lead box in a forest near the town of Zwettl, Austria, about 90 km north of Vienna.
The assumed thief, Robert Mang, had turned himself in after police released surveillance photos of the suspect which were subsequently recognized by acquaintances.
Benvenuto Cellini (1500 – 1571) was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, painter, soldier and musician, who also wrote a famous autobiography. He was one of the most important artists of Mannerism。
創作日期: 1540 - 1543
尺寸：高26 x 寬34英寸
上面有兩個裸體神像 - 男性海神尼普頓和女性地神賽瑞斯，他們的腿交織在一起，寓意: 鹽是由海水和大地的元素組合而成。同時還有曖昧和色情意味。
本韋努托·切利尼（1500 - 1571），意大利文藝復興時期的著名金匠，畫家，雕塑家，戰士和音樂家。他也是一名作家，他的自傳非常著名。