The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini By Benvenuto Cellini

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Benvenuto Cellini was a celebrated Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith – a passionate craftsman who was admired and resented by the most powerful political and artistic personalities in sixteenth-century Florence, Rome and Paris. He was also a murderer and a braggart, a shameless adventurer who at different times experienced both papal persecution and imprisonment, and the adulation of the royal court. Inn-keepers and prostitutes, kings and cardinals, artists and soldiers rub shoulders in the pages of his notorious autobiography: a vivid portrait of the manners and morals of both the rulers of the day and of their subjects. Written with supreme powers of invective and an irrepressible sense of humour, this is an unrivalled glimpse into the palaces and prisons of the Italy of Michelangelo and the Medici. **
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Although most of Cellini’s works in precious metals have been melted down, one surviving gold saltceller, which he completed for Francois I of France, and a number of major sculptures have secured his reputation as one of the finest Italian artists in the generation after Michelangelo. But he is most celebrated for his autobiography, which chronicles with unflagging energy and force one of the most tempestuous lives?and one of the largest egos?in all of history. Cellini served dukes, bishops, cardinals, and kings and queens of several nations, and he quarreled with them all, including two popes, one of whom, by Cellini’s account, tried to murder him. He confesses to several murders himself, at least one rape, a notorious prison-break, innumerable fights and feuds. He also claims a pivotal role in defending Rome against invasion. From its first appearance in 1728 (150 years after his death), this portrait of a fanatical individualist helped define our notion of the Renaissance. The vigorous translation by John Addington Symonds (uncredited by the producer?a recurring fault) is superbly realized by British narrator Robert Whitfield, successfully bringing to tape Cellini’s unforgettable story. Highly recommended for all collections.?Peter Josyph, New York
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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“Whitfield brings Cellini’s autobiography to life, fluently rolling Italian and English words off his tongue and capturing the flavor of the tale…The minute details recounted by Cellini are gracefully read by Whitfield, who breathes life into this fascinating autobiography.” ** — “AudioFile”
Chronicles with unflagging energy and force one of the most tempestuous lives and one of the largest egos in all of history…The vigorous translation is superbly realized by British narrator Robert Whitfield, successfully bringing to tape Cellini’s unforgettable story. ** — “Library Journal”




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