The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini: Library Edition (英語) CD – Audiobook, CD
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Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) was a celebrated goldsmith and distinguished sculptor whose powerful talent can still be seen in such works as his bronze statue of Perseus and his gold salt cellar made for Francis 1. He worked for a variety of patrons, including Popes Clement VII and Paul III.
George Bull is an author and journalist who has translated 6 volumes for Penguin Classics, including The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione, Vasari's Lives of the Artists and The Prince by Machiavelli. --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。
the holier-than-thou crowd. Popes come off as easily influenced tyrants and Cardinals fare no better-just a bunch of scheming
social climbers. No saint himself, Cellini goes to great pains in detailing the many travails he was put through by envious, jealous,
less talented individuals in positions of power. A true Alpha Male before anyone thought of the term, Cellini is a lusty, robust rascal
who suffers no slights or intimidations; of which there are a never ending litany to keep him busy defending his honor. Murderous
fights are not uncommon throughout the book and the action keeps the reader involved. Cellini knew Michelangelo and Vasari among
many other of Italy's incredible wealth of talent and he has opinions and descriptions of all he came in contact with. This book is a must
for any art lover or history buff.
But what he lacks in writing skill, he more than makes up for in personality, so much so that his brilliant life and gusto for living bursts through the awkward form.
Cellini, it is clear, loves life -- he leaves nothing out when telling it, and so he represents very well what it must have been like to be one of the great artists of the Italian Renaissance in the patronage of the papacy, the great Medici family, and Francis I (who supported Da Vinci in his last years).
We meet Lorenzo de Medici, Cosimo, Francis I, Cosimo's wife who needs Cellini to help her get a pearl necklace, competitors, thieves, Popes, and beautiful women, whom Cellini kept for modeling and for "company."
And we get to hear Cellini discussing the design and creation of classic works that still exist today, like the salt cellar, the Nymph of Fountainbleau, and his masterpiece, the statue Perseus, which he describes as so astonishing to the people of the day that they composed sonnets about it and posted them up all over Florence.
Cellini recounts his many affairs, duels, scrapes, imprisonments, and commissions, one adventure after another, so that his whole life sweeps by in a grand and vibrant portrait. He always seems to come out on top too, which makes you wonder if he's telling the whole truth, but nonetheless Cellini's autobiography is a thrilling read and filled with life in a time when all the world was stirring with art and passion.