The son of a musician and musical instrument architect, Benvenuto Cellini was born in Florence, Italy, on November 3, 1500. He became a celebrated sculptor, goldsmith, author, and soldier, but his fierce temper caused him to be exiled and imprisoned for numerous crimes, the most serious being murdering the man who killed his brother. Among Cellini's best work as a sculptor was a gold saltcellar made for Francis I of France, and a colossal bronze statue titled Perseus and Medusa. Other significant works include a bust of Cosimo I de Medici and Ganymede on the Eagle, both of which are now housed in the Bargello Museum in Florence. Cellini is best known for his memoirs, The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, which he wrote from 1558 to 1562 and was published after his death. Cellini lived in Rome, Naples, Florence, and Mantua. Cellini died in Florence on February 13, 1571.