A bold and innovative take on the Radio 3 Essay; over ten episodes, art historian Jerry Brotton tells the extraordinary story of Benvenuto Cellini, intertwined with the contemporary thriller of Jerry’s search for one of the artist’s lost masterpieces.

With elements of history, drama and contemporary investigation, the series recreates the life of this unique cultural titan and sees Jerry pursue an elusive portrait, whose story of theft and reclamation takes him from the crack art theft squad of Italian police officers to mysterious Russian money men.

This is the Renaissance – but not as you’ve ever heard it before.