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The Horses of Saint Marks

The Horses of Saint Marks

The four horses that now stand just inside of Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice have a long and varied history across the European continent. Dating back to classical antiquity, they have stood as a prime example of empirical looted art and have been associated with four separate empires. Starting with Constantinople, and the Eastern Roman Empire, which later turned into the Byzantine Empire, they were later taken in the13th century, when the Venetians sacked the city and placed them at…

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Perseus with the Head of Medusa

Perseus with the Head of Medusa

In 1545, artist Benvenuto Cellini began work on his famous bronze sculpture of Perseus Beheading Medusa. Commissioned by Cosimo I de ‘Medici shortly after his appointment as Grand Duke, it is believed to hold additional meaning than that of the myth associated with the sculpture. By commissioning the statue of Perseus and Medusa, Cosimo successfully infused hidden meaning into artwork. The myth of Perseus and Medusa served as a perfect outlet for Cosimo to represent two messages; he effectively gave a…

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