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Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini [Kindle Edition]

Benvenuto Cellini , John Addington Symonds
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444420410
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TS2DA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benvenuto Cellini 8 Nov. 2012
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A fascinating insight into the life of a man who was an egotist in the extreme. Nothing or no one was beyond his intellect. There are times that I found his autobiography very tongue in cheek; the absurdity of his expertise as a great swordsman for example. He is also a rogue, but his self righteousness does not allow him to be anything other than "godly." Having said all of this, his autobiograpgy gives us a wonderful mental image of the renaissance period whether one can believe everything he says or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silver tongued 9 Jan. 2013
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If there were a prize for blowing one's own trumpet then Cellini would win it with ease. A fascinating insight into Italian Renaissance life and art, and into the psyche of a craftsman of genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 11 July 2013
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I read this book over forty years ago and to download it now for free is one of the real benefits of my Kindle. The mix of adventure, boasting, self promotion and genuine artistic genius is very entertaining - even if it is over 400 years old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique sculptor. Tall Story Teller. 18 April 2013
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Benevento Cellini really was a vain man and some of his tales seem quite impossible. But I am thoroughly enjoying reading his autobiography. It gives a marvellous insight into life during his time.
A hard life if one in his position did not curry favour with nobility, it seems. He certainly was in and out of royalty good and bad books on many occasions. I will add that he was larger than life and quite a rabble-rouser.

I get the impression that many of his remaining marvellous works are today, hidden away in places such as The Vatican.
That is a shame. I would love to see more of his works.

I would recommend this book/kindle.
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