The Loggia dei Lanzi is named after the Lanzichenecchi, who were stationed there to guard Cosimo I. It was used for the proclamation of the Priori and the Gonfalonieri, and other ceremonies of the Signoria, which was the form of government elected by the Corporations. Today it is an open-air museum rich in statues from various periods, such as Benvenuto Cellini’s bronze Perseus and Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women. In Piazza della Signoria, Savonarola held the Bonfire of the Vanities, burning books, clothes, and other items. He was also executed in the same square.