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Cellini saltcellar swiped

Ok, this is one of those things that probably only art historians are going to spaz out about, but since Iím (nominally) an art historian, here goes.

A gang of thieves fucking stole Celliniís saltcellar.

If you have ever taken an art history class that included the Italian Renaissance, you have seen this saltcellar. Itís a delicate allegorical piece, showing a woman representing the earth and a man representing the sea, gazing at each other as they recline languidly. It was made to hold salt and pepper, and itís one of the few metalworking pieces left done by Cellini, who was famous for his work. If you havenít read it, go find his autobiography, which is full of popes, whores, murder, demons, kings, boys dressed like girls, an attack on Rome, and more violence than is permitted without an R rating.

ďThis was an attack against art, an attack against the museum and an attack against the world's cultural heritage," said museum director Wilfried Seipel, visibly shaken, his voice cracking at times.

A good image of the salt cellar

Washington Post article

New York Times article

*waves to Voice from the Past* I just found out about this from my director. It's frigging unbelievable.

1:43 p.m. - 2003-05-13

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