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Benvenuto Cellini

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Benvenuto Cellini was born in 1500 in Florence, where he spent the early years of his life training to be a goldsmith. His ties with the city remained close, and he returned there to work for Grand Duke Cosimo in the latter part of his life. But like many other Renaissance artists, he was attracted to Rome as a young and ambitious craftsman, and worked there for a variety of patrons, including Popes Clement VII and Paul III. He also spent a period in France at the court of King Francis I.

Cellini was admired by his contemporaries as goldsmith and sculptor... Read More

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The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Written by Benvenuto Cellini
Introduction by James Fenton


Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $28.00

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... Read more >
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