Happy Birthday Benvenuto Cellini!! The Florentine goldsmith and sculptor was born in 1500. As many artists of the time, he idolized Michelangelo. He was a fine craftsman trained as a goldsmith. He left Florence under questionable circumstances for Rome, and then to France after murder allegations caused him to flee. In the then popular Mannerist style, Cellini created the Nymph of Fontainebleau, which resides in the Louvre today. A masterpiece created in the style of Michelangelo is his Perseus group, located in Rome, the head of which I am including here.