Jan Fabre, the Belgian artist whose monumental sculptures are enlivening three of Florence’s most august public spaces this summer, is a modern Renaissance man. As well as a visual artist with over 100 one-person shows to his name since 1979, he is an actor, writer, choreographer, theatre designer, stage director and filmmaker. That may account for the rapport Fabre feels with the Italian love of detail and improvisation. But perhaps his strongest affinity with Italy is his quest for the perfect human image. Fabre regards himself as a "warrior for beauty".