No one seems to know who did this. Just as long as they keep their hands off Cellini’s Perseus, seen below from the front and behind
– gloriously, almost fetishistically lit, so that he looks like one of those body-buffed CGI Spartans from 300. David’s no slouch as a sex object, despite this final humiliation and his second life as a fridge magnet complete with wardrobe. But I’ve always had a preference for the rather rougher trade feel of the Cellini, and the fact that the faces of Perseus and the Medusa look almost identical, with the latter a slightly smaller version of the former, as though Cellini were trying to tell us something about power, as he does in his Autobiography. A few years ago, it was possible to get to within a few feet of the sculpture during its restoration and it was extraordinary to see how distorted the proportions are when you stand eye- or chest-level to it. It wasn’t designed to be seen that way, of course, but even from below the sheer weight of the arms and legs is impressive. Just try slipping a pair of magnetised knickers over those thighs.

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4 Responses to Davidone

  1. Kay Sexton says:

    It’s enough to get you on a treadmill, that’s for sure. How interesting that you like the Perseus too. Sculpture I can take or leave, but that one is actually pinned up over my desk … Am I actually your long-lost twin or something?

  2. Don’t go there, Kay! (Pinned up over your desk? From which angle?)

  3. Kay Sexton says:

    The front view with the two faces, in which I always think Medusa looks quietly relieved, like somebody who’s just discovered that you can cure migraine by drilling a hole in your skull.

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