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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benvenuto Cellini Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455173402
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • "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."

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 11/20/2010

    " This book is incredible fun! If you enjoy medieval art and history you must absolutely read this book. An artist, a fighter, one intrigued by the occult, you name it you really have it all in this book. He really lived an amazing life no wonder his story still intrigues us today! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 7/25/2010

    " It's always fascinating to read the words of long dead ancients, but unfortunately hyperbole and braggadocio seems to have been a Cellini hobby, which destroys any sense of history coming to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 6/16/2010

    " I think this may be the best autobiography ever, or at least up there in the top few. To see how the church lorded over everyone and how power and religion worked together to keep regular people down is worth the read. It's a lesson that keeps needing to be learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Redsteve | 1/30/2010

    " Very entertaining, but, man, was this guy a jerk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivana | 10/10/2009

    " Could definitely benefit from some chapter breaks. I'll admit I probably would have quit reading it in the middle if I didn't have to write a paper on it. I'm glad I did read it though, Cellini is a self-involved asshole and it is very entertaining to make fun of him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 9/2/2009

    " 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. "

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About the Author

Benvenuto Cellini (1500–1571) was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, painter, soldier, and musician who is best known for his famous autobiography. He was also an influential artist during the Mannerism movement.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.