My Life

ISBN-10: 0199555311
ISBN-13: 9780199555314
Edition: 2009
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Description: 'You should know that men like Benvenuto, unique in their profession, need not be subject to the law.'Thus spoke Pope Paul III on learning that Cellini had murdered a fellow artist, so great was his reputation in Renaissance Florence. A renowned  More...

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List price: $10.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

'You should know that men like Benvenuto, unique in their profession, need not be subject to the law.'Thus spoke Pope Paul III on learning that Cellini had murdered a fellow artist, so great was his reputation in Renaissance Florence. A renowned sculptor and goldsmith, whose works include the famous salt-cellar made for the King of France, and the statue of Perseus with the head of the Medusa, Cellini's life was as vivid and enthralling as his creations. A man of action as well as an artist, he took part in the Sack of Rome in 1527; he was temperamental, passionate, and conceited, capable ofcommitting criminal acts ranging from brawling and sodomy to theft and murder. He numbered among his patrons popes and kings and members of the Medici family, and his autobiography is a fascinating account of sixteenth-century Italy and France written with all the verve of a novel.This new translation, which captures the freshness and vivacity of the original, is based on the latest critical edition. It examines in detail the central event in Cellini's narrative, the casting of the statue of Perseus.

The son of a musician and musical instrument architect, Benvenuto Cellini was born in Florence, Italy, on November 3, 1500. He became a celebrated sculptor, goldsmith, author, and soldier, but his fierce temper caused him to be exiled and imprisoned for numerous crimes, the most serious being murdering the man who killed his brother. Among Cellini's best work as a sculptor was a gold saltcellar made for Francis I of France, and a colossal bronze statue titled Perseus and Medusa. Other significant works include a bust of Cosimo I de Medici and Ganymede on the Eagle, both of which are now housed in the Bargello Museum in Florence. Cellini is best known for his memoirs, The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, which he wrote from 1558 to 1562 and was published after his death. Cellini lived in Rome, Naples, Florence, and Mantua. Cellini died in Florence on February 13, 1571.

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