Cellini Art Fund S.p.a.
The Cellini Art Fund was created with the exclusive purpose to support the collective ownership of its important art collection and to safeguard the capital of shareholders. The capital of the Cellini Art Fund is guaranteed by the professionally attributed value of the artworks in its collection. Despite the namesake of the fund, which is of course named after Benvenuto Cellini’s self-portrait, the fund is set to acquire other artworks of considerable value. The details of these will be disclosed to shareholders privately.
Samples from different expertises carried out on the portrait
Benvenuto Cellini self-portrait
Benvenuto Cellini’s self portrait was discovered in 2004 and has since then been researched and studied by the world’s most eminent art historians from Italy, the U.K and France. This painting is the only known painted self-portrait by Cellini’s hand. According to the notary’s ledger of Cellini’s estate, it hung in Cellini’s own entrance hall at the time of his death in 1571. Most interestingly, the portrait acts as a key which allowed art historians to discover that Cellini had hidden his self-portraits throughout his works. This secret remained hidden to the world for many centuries , as the field of art history had forgotten what Cellini’s facial features looked like.
A key to the lock which guards a long lost secret...
Benvenuto Cellini remains one of the renaissance’s most intriguing characters. His bronze masterpiece, Perseus with the head of Medusa, stands in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, near to where the David used to be. In fact, his works can be compared to that of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. He is most known for being a sculptor and a jeweller, but in truth he was much more than that: a valiant soldier who killed the Duke of Bourbon himself, a murderer and even a necromancer. His turbulent life reads like a Hollywood script, which he recorded in his autobiography, La Vita. To this day it is one of the most insightful pieces of literature into Renaissance daily life.