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4.0 out of 5 stars Benvenuto Cellini A Man of the Renaissance, 23 Nov 2009
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This review is from: My Life (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Benvenuto Cellini goldsmith, musician, sculptor, murderer, exile. Here was a man who counted as his patrons popes, a King of France and the Medici rulers of Florence; a man involved in the Sack of Rome although in the defence of maybe not as single handly as he would have us believe! And herein lies the delight of his story because can Benvenuto Cellini tell a story?

From the viewpoint of his highly strung temperament Cellini takes us through his life and his dealings with his highs and lows. His justifications for murders, necromancy and his rivally with Baccio Bandinelli.

This is an absorbing if somewhat biased read, Cellini fails to mention his two terms in prison for assaulting a goldsmith and another term for sodomy which saw him fall into disfavour with his patron Duke Cosimo I de' Medici. But for an insight into Renaissance life here is an account from one who lived it, told in the style of the theatre that was being acted out all around him.

This is a real page turner from a man who was a great artist and the greatest disappointment regarding this book is that Cellini abandoned his story when he set out for Pisa and so the story in his words remains incomplete.

For anyone interested in this period of history, this book is a must and for those who just like a good action packed adventure story, then look no further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Work With Sense Of Place, 16 May 2014
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Fine translation which captures Cellini's world perfectly. Lots of detail about working practice and composition. Active and challenging, with great insight on the workings of creativity and politics of the period comes shining through.
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