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Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini

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Cellini’s autobiographical memoirs, which he began writing in Florence in 1558, give a detailed account of his singular career, as well as his loves, hatreds, passions, and delights, written in an energetic, direct, and racy style. They show a great self-regard and self-assertion, sometimes running into extravagances which are impossible to credit. He even writes in a complacent way of how he contemplated his murders before carrying them out.

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. . .This painter was the pupil of Bertoldo, a man of simple manners and of some excellence in his art. The gallery at Bologna has a fine specimen of his painting. Michel Agnolo delighted in his society.

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Note 4. This was the agreeable didactic poet Luigi Alamanni, who had to fly from Florence after a conspiracy against Cardinal Giulio de’ Medici in 1522. He could never reconcile himself to the Medicean tyranny, and finally took refuge in France, where he was honoured by Fran. . . Read More

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If you want people to be reading your autobiography almost more than five hundred years later, write as entertaining a book as this one. A treasure.

Italians do it better, don't they? Well, I think I just found myself a new role model of self-confidence.
Benvenuto Cellini was first and foremost a goldsmith and a sculptor, but he made himself known and appreciated also as a flute player, a draftsman and a talented writer. He was nonethele...more

To read this, one wonders how Cellini survived to age 20, much less age 70! He is constantly killing and being attacked, wenching his models, contracting hideous illnesses (or noting in passing the constant unexpected death of others), and being betrayed (by this account) or insulting others. It'...more

Absolument génial. Ce livre va inspirer Stendhal. Une vie incroyable d'un contemporain de Michel ange, léonard de vinci. L'évasion du château saint ange vaut le détour.

На редкость занимательное чтение :)

С одной стороны - необычайно одаренный творец, настоящий "человек Эпохи Возрождения". Скульптор, ювелир, писатель и поэт, музыкант, архитектор, оружейных дел мастер, стрелок и артиллерист, а также обладатель ещё десятка талантов и умений.

С другой стороны - чел...more

Cellini was a goldsmith and sculptor of genius and little of his work survives today. Perseus with the Head of Medusa, the bronze sculpture he made in 1545, being a stunning exception. Precious metals tend to be melted down, especially in times of strife. One of the text's greatest pleasures, therefore,...more

All men of whatsoever quality they be, who have done anything of excellence, or which may properly resemble excellence, ought, if they be persons of truth and honesty, to describe their life with their own hand
Why we like or dislike someone, why we admire or despise them, why we are happy or annoye...more

בנוונוטו צ'ליני נחשב לאחד מגדולי הצורפים של הרנסנס האיטלקי. לא ברור לי מי קבע את העובדה הזו והאם היא מבוססת על עדויותיו העצמיות המשבחות את עצמו ואת איכות עבודתו באוטוביוגרפיה הזו שלפנינו או שאכן נמצאו לכך ראיות. בין כה, אני לא הצלחתי למצוא צילומים או תמונות של שלל יצירותיו בהן הוא מתפאר במהלך האו...more

"All men who have accomplished anything worthwhile should set down the story of their own lives with their own hands. But they should wait before undertaking so delicate an enterprise until they have passed the age of 40," says Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) in the opening chapter of this book, The...more


LIFE AMONGST METALS

Benvenuto Cellini (1500- 1571) was an extraordinary personality. As a goldsmith, a warrior, a musician and a writer, he certainly did not lack skills. But I shall refer to him as Benvenuto, Mister Welcome. He was named so after a wait of eighteen years by his parents, but if he becomes...more

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