The Statue of Perseo was ordered to Celliny by Cosimo I de’ Medici and created between 1545 and 1554. For the four niches of the marble carved base, Cellini created four mythological figures related to the Perseo’s myth. One of them is the Mercury in the gesture of taking off the ground to fly. The original is preserved at the Bargello Museum instead the statue actually in the Perseus base was made by Fonderia Artistica Ferdinando Marinelli.
The mold used to execute the bronze work using the lost-wax casting process was produced directly on the original Work, and is currently in the collection of the Fonderia Artistica Ferdinando Marinelli