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A master Italian sculptor, goldsmith, and writer, Benvenuto Cellini is best remembered for his magnificent autobiography. In this work, which was begun in 1558 but not published until 1730, Cellini beautifully chronicles his own flamboyant times. He tells of his adventures in Italy and France and his relations with popes, kings, and fellow artists. From Florence and Pisa to Siena and Rome, Cellini portrays a tumultuous period—the age of Galileo, Michelangelo, and de Medicis—with an artist’s eye for detail and a curmudgeon’s propensity for criticism. Cellini, according to himself, seems to have lived a very full life, and his account of his exploits, though grandiloquent and somewhat suspect, are always entertaining. Historians have considered this work as a prime example of the emergence of modern individualism during the Renaissance.

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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.”


  • "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."

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cassandra | 5/24/2011

    " Oh Cellini you cad! Psh this is just hilarious. What better way to expose your foibles than an autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sydney | 3/10/2011

    " wonderful book, a slice of history from a personal point of view. Mine was published by Phaidon, and Translated by John Addington Symonds with introduction and notes by John Pope-Hennessy. Good description of casting bronze and the culture of patronage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joel | 3/1/2011

    " The Popes come across as selfish and greedy. Cellini's entire society sounds Martian compared to today. The man himself is vain and hot-tempered, but he was an artist amongst artists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 11/27/2010

    " This is a firsthand account of life in high renaissance Italy, albeit fattened with hyperbolic bravado. "

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