The autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini /
translated and with an introd. by George Bull.
Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, 1956 (1974 printing).
396 p.
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Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, 1956 (1974 printing).
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Translation of: Vita.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-11-15:
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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The candid autobiography of the great artist who was also a thief and a murderer.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. vii
A Chronology of Cellinip. xx
Autobiographyp. 1
Notesp. 403
Select Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 447
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