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Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini - 10 edition

Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini - 10 edition

ISBN13: 9780307592743

ISBN10: 030759274X

Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini - ISBN 9780307592743
Edition: 10
Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Alfrd A. Knopf, Inc.
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International: No
Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini - ISBN 9780307592743

ISBN13: 9780307592743

ISBN10: 030759274X

Edition: 10

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Summary

Here is the most important autobiography from Renaissance Italy and one of the most spirited and colorful from any time or place, in a translation widely recognized as the most faithful to the energy and spirit of the original. Benvenuto Cellini was both a beloved artist in sixteenth-century Florence and a passionate and temperamental man of action who was capable of brawling, theft, and murder. He counted popes, cardinals, kings, and dukes among his patrons and was the adoring friend of-as he described them-the ''divine'' Michelangelo and the ''marvelous'' Titian, but was as well known for his violent feuds. At age twenty-seven he helped defend the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, and his account of his imprisonment there (under a mad castellan who thought he was a bat), his escape, recapture, and confinement in ''a cell of tarantulas and venomous worms'' is an adventure equal to any other in fact or fiction. But it is only one in a long life lived on a grand scale. Cellini's autobiography is not merely the record of an extraordinary life but also a dramatic and evocative account of daily life in Renaissance Italy, from its lowest taverns to its highest royal courts.