About this artwork
This classical subject tells the cautionary tale of the sculptor Perillus, who offered to make a bronze bull in which the tyrant Phalaris could roast his enemies. Perillus was rewarded by being the contraption’s first victim. In the Renaissance, this story was interpreted as a moral fable of ow bad advice rebounds on the giver, and it is here presented against the backdrop of a large Renaissance piazza. The relief is attributed to Giovanni Caccini on the basis of its stylistic relationship to his best-known work, the bronze panes of the doors of Pisa Cathedral (1604).
- Giovanni Battista Caccini
- Phalaris and the Bull of Perillus
- Italy (Object made in)
- Terracotta with traces of polychromy
- 68.6 × 87.6 cm (27 × 34 1/2 in.)
- Kate S. Buckingham Endowment