The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Paperback

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini Paperback

Edited by George Bull

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Benvenuto Cellini was a celebrated Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith; a passionate craftsman who was admired and resented by the most powerful political and artistic personalities in sixteenth-century Florence, Rome and Paris.

He was also a murderer and a braggart, a shameless adventurer who at different times experienced both papal persecution and imprisonment, and the adulation of the royal court.

Inn-keepers and prostitutes, kings and cardinals, artists and soldiers rub shoulders in the pages of his notorious autobiography: a vivid portrait of the manners and morals of both the rulers of the day and of their subjects.

Written with supreme powers of invective and an irrepressible sense of humour, this is an unrivalled glimpse into the palaces and prisons of the Italy of Michelangelo and the Medici.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages, facsim.
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sculpture
  • ISBN: 9780140447187



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For those interested in the art of autobiographical writing or the art of the Renaissance may like this book or find it tolerable. The man is arrogant and loves his art for a quick summation of the book. While it is very much the style of classical Renaissance literature the book itself becomes stifling. However, because it is one of the first autobiographies ever written it will remain to be read.

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If you're an artist, you MUST read this book. It makes the Renaissance in Italy come alive. Cellini is such a character and has such a big ego, the book is one of the funniest and smartest I've read in a long time. I wish I had known many autobiographies do you say that after?