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1. The life of Benvenuto Cellini
2. The autobiography of Benvenuto
3. The autobiography of Benvenuto
 
4. The life of Benvenuto Cellini
 
5. The autobiography of Benvenuto
 
6. The LIFE Of BENVENUTO CELLINI
 
7. Vita De Benvenuto Cellini, Orefice
 
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8. Vita Di Benvenuto Cellini, Scritta
 
9. The life of Benvenuto Cellini
 
10. Memoirs; containing a variety
11. La vie de benvenuto cellini. ecrite
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12. Benvenuto Cellini (The Library
13. The Autobiography of Benvenuto
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14. Cellini and the Principles of
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15. Benvenuto Cellini: Sculptor, Goldsmith,
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16. Benvenuto Cellini: Sexuality,
 
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17. Cellini
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18. My Life (Oxford World's Classics)
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19. Cellini: Artist, Genius, Fugitive
 
20. Cellini

1. The life of Benvenuto Cellini written by Himself; translated and edited by John Addington Symonds, with an introduction by Thomas Craven...
by Benvenuto (1500-1571) Cellini
 Hardcover: Pages (2222)

Asin: B003TSVQU8
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2. The autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
by Benvenuto (1500-1571) - Related name: Symonds, John Addington (1840-189 Cellini
Hardcover: Pages (1927)

Asin: B002KR931S
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3. The autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
by Benvenuto (1500-1571) - Related name Symonds, John Addington (1840-1893) tr Cellini
Hardcover: Pages (1927-01-01)

Asin: B001KUKQTY
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4. The life of Benvenuto Cellini written by Himself; translated and edited by John Addington Symonds, with an introduction by Thomas Craven...
by Benvenuto (1500-1571) Cellini
 Hardcover: Pages (1990)

Asin: B000WAT5FE
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5. The autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini; translation by John Addington Symonds
by Benvenuto (1500-1571). John Addington Symnods (transl.) Cellini
 Hardcover: Pages (1927-01-01)

Asin: B001R6BL7C
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6. The LIFE Of BENVENUTO CELLINI Written by Himself. Edited and Translated by John Addington Symonds with a Biographical Sketch of Cellini by the Same Hand Together with aan Introduction to This Edition Upon Benvenuto Cellini, Artist and Writer, by Royal Cortissoz with Reporductions or Forty Original Portraits and Views Illustrating the Life.
by Benvenuto [1500 - 1571]. Symonds, John Addington [1840 -1893] - Editor. Cellini
 Hardcover: Pages (1906-01-01)

Asin: B002PZB1GU
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7. Vita De Benvenuto Cellini, Orefice e Scultoro Fiorentino. Da Lui Medesimo Scritta, Nella Qute Molte Curiose Particolarita Si Toccano Appartenenti Alle Arti All'istoria Del Uo Tempo, Tratta Da Un'ottimo Manoscritto, e Dedicata All'eccellenza......
by Benvenuto 1500-1571 Cellini
 Leather Bound: Pages (1792)

Asin: B003UHR24M
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8. Vita Di Benvenuto Cellini, Scritta Da Lui Medesimo (Italian Edition)
by Cellini Benvenuto 1500-1571, Padovan Adolfo 1869-
 Paperback: 530 Pages (2010-10-13)
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Asin: 1172056536
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9. The life of Benvenuto Cellini written by himself Volume 1
by Benvenuto, 1500-1571 Cellini
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O4J70I
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10. Memoirs; containing a variety of information respecting the arts, and the history of the sixteenth century. Now first collated with the new text of Guisseppe Molini, and corr. and enl. from the last Milan ed. With notes and observations of G.P. Carpani. Translated by Thomas Roscoe
by Benvenuto, 1500-1571 Cellini
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O3W2L0
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11. La vie de benvenuto cellini. ecrite par lui meme (1500-1571)
by Benvnuto Cellini
Paperback: Pages (2001-01-24)

Isbn: 2866562542
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12. Benvenuto Cellini (The Library of Great Masters.)
by Mario Scalini, Benvenuto Cellini
Paperback: 80 Pages (1996-01)
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13. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
by Benvenuto Cellini
Kindle Edition: 496 Pages (2004-06-24)
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Asin: B002XHNM5I
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent translation
This translation, though old, is great.The footnotes provide information about the numerous people Cellini talks about whom we have never heard of. Pope Clemmet 7th, Ivan the Terrible of the Church and a Medici, commisioned Cellini amd met him several times, as did Pope Paul 3rd.Cellini reports without comment or condemnation the corruption of the Roman Church when it was fully in the period that produced what Nietzsche called "The reaction of old fashioned minds against . . "
In a way it is as if we had notes from a man who once a week had lunch with Stalin and records his table talk.The superficiality of the religious feelings of these Popes and high churchmen who battled for institutional power in the manner of any prince comes through loud and clear.I found the book and this particular translation fascinating because I have studied the period in some depth.

Details are fascinating.Rome is under attack; Clemet VII is pope and in the lower section of a fortification.Cellini, above with a small cannon hits and cuts in half an enemy of Clemet.The Pope is overjoyd with Cellini, who kneels and asks the forgiveness of tghe church for killing the man.

Cellini lived during the time of Henry 8th through part of the period of Elizabeth 1st, Pope Paul III, Charles 5th.His insight into the corruption of the Catholic Church is particularly acute:He mentions the "French Disease" of which priests, especially wealthy priests, are particularly vulnerable; he mentions a particular Archbishop, whom the translator in a footnote tells us had become archbishop at the age 17.
Bits, like squirting bird blood directly into his eyes when he had a metal sliver in one eye, the blood pumped from the dying bird into the eye.Many fun things.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Audio Book
This review is for the audio book version of this amazing autobiography.Cellini is an incredibly arrogant individual, but his story is entertaining and gives a fascinating look at the Renaissance and many of its major characters.Even though he is not the most likable man in the world, there were many things to admire about his strength of character.It is easy to see why he had so many enemies, though I'm not sure he understood why.His descriptions of the courts of Italy, France, and the Church give us priceless information on how they functioned.I noticed that historians like Durant referenced this work a lot in their histories.This also affirms to me that human nature has always been the same.

The reader for this audio book is Robert Whitfield, whose characterization is exactly what I would imagine for Cellini.He had that touch of arrogance in his voice one would expect from a major braggart, but it was not too grating and easy to listen to.The translation by John Addington Symonds was also excellent and very easy for a modern ear to understand.

I highly recommend this audio book for anyone that loves a good story.It has action, adventure, romance, intrigue, and about anything else one would look for in a good book.The audio book is 15 ½ hours long, and the time went by quickly.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3 stars
It's a bit annoying to listen to Cellini talk about himself for 400 pages in such a manner. He's not a literary genius, so it's a bit hard to get through. But, Cellini's life is anything but boring. I also found him very witty and amusing. You have to be into the Renaissance, or history, to enjoy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greats
Benvenuto Cellini was a leading figure of the Italian Renaissance.He was close to the Florentine court and participated in royal intrigues.He was a major artist in a period of major artists, creating numerous works of beauty that can still be seen today.(His most famous work is the statue of Perseus holding the head of the Medusa, which stands in the piazza outside the Palazzo Vecchio.His description of the making of this work is one of the highlights of the book.)He had numerous love affairs with titled women and numerous feuds with powerful men.He was also a murderer and an unconscious sadist.And he wrote it all in what is one of the great autobiographies of all time.Parts of the book are chilling, such as when he regrets having beaten his beautiful model, not out of guilt or remorse, but because the beating had left her so swollen and bruised that she was no good to him as a model now.Other parts are disgusting, such as when he describes a parasite he vomited.At other times one wonders if he really thought he could get away with such tall tales as swearing that while under the protection of a necromancer he saw the Colosseum full of dancing devils.Cellini was a complex man and a great artist and a great writer.His autobiography is essential reading if one wishes to understand the Renaissance.I consider Cellini's autobiography to be almost as essential as Homer and Shakespeare.Five stars, of course.

5-0 out of 5 stars this auto bio is astounding.jaw dropping.
If youre a fan of picaresque autobiography, this book is the best.Crimes and misadventures galore.Benvenuto uses his talent to win the patronage of the pope and king of france and then runs the favoritism into the dirt through paranoia, murderous rage, and a viscious slandering tongue.artists, and writers will find much to love in this book.

this is not a history book.but a book from history. a real historian would know the differance and would appreciate it appropriately. ... Read more


14. Cellini and the Principles of Sculpture
by Michael W. Cole
Hardcover: 262 Pages (2002-10-14)
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Benvenuto Cellini is an incomparable source on the nature of artmaking in sixteenth century Italy. A practicing artist who worked in gold, bronze, marble, as well as on paper, he was also the author of treatises, discourses, poems and letters about his own work and the works of contemporaries. By examining how Cellini and those around him viewed the act of sculpture in the late Renaissance, Michael Cole demonstrates his continuing relevance to the broader study of artistic theory and practice in his time. ... Read more


15. Benvenuto Cellini: Sculptor, Goldsmith, Writer
Hardcover: 264 Pages (2004-11-29)
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Benvenuto Cellini: Sculptor, Goldmith, Writer offers new perspectives on the artist and his place in Renaissance art, literature, and culture, as well as his legacy in European publishing history and modern America pop culture. The essays in this volume approach the multi-faceted career of Cellini from a variety of perspectives, cutting across disciplinary boundaries, as did the artist himself. Offering new interpretations of the Cellini's life and work, this richly illustrated volume brings new insights into the life, works, and legacy of a major figure of the Italian Renaissance. ... Read more


16. Benvenuto Cellini: Sexuality, Masculinity, and Artistic Identity in Renaissance Italy
by Margaret A. Gallucci
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2003-06-14)
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Asin: 1403961077
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Celebrated goldsmith and sculptor of the Italian Renaissance, Benvenuto Cellini (1500-71) fits the conventional image of a Renaissance man: a skillful virtuoso and courtier; an artist who worked in marble, bronze, and gold; and a writer and poet. However, in his life and literary oeuvre the notorious artist, rogue, and sodomite aligned himself with the transgressive and oppositional voices of his day. This book, the first biographical study of Cellini available in English, uses the methodologies of New Historicism, social history, and gender and sexuality studies to place the artist and his cultural production in the context of contemporary discourses about sexuality, law, magic, masculinity, and honor.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and Impressive
The book itself is a small paperback with a handful of black and white reproductions within the first pages. The quality of the contents is very high. The text is characterized by a staggering level of scholarly research giving new meaning to the word thorough. It is devoted, in large part to aspects of Cellini's Vita regarding mode, influences and conventions of the sixteenth century in Italy. Though I am neither a student nor a scholar, but simply an artist with a great interest in the subject of this book, Ms. Gallucci has deepened my understanding of the artist, his strong personality and his colorful life. The author has made Cellini three dimensional for me. ... Read more


17. Cellini
by John Patrick Shanley
 Paperback: Pages (2002-02)
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18. My Life (Oxford World's Classics)
by Benvenuto Cellini
Paperback: 512 Pages (2002-03-07)
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Asin: 0192828495
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Men like Benvenuto, unique in their profession, need not be subject to the law. --Pope Paul III on learning that Cellini had murdered a fellow artistBenvenuto Cellini was beloved in Renaissance Florence. A renowned sculptor and goldsmith whose works include the famous salt-cellar made for the King of France, and the statue of Perseus with the head of the Medusa, Cellini's life was as vivid and enthralling as his creations.A man of action as well as an artist, he took part in the Sack of Rome in 1527; he was temperamental, passionate, and conceited, capable of committing criminal acts ranging from brawling and sodomy to theft and murder. He numbered among his patrons popes and kings and members of the Medici family, and his autobiography is a fascinating account of sixteenth-century Italy and France written with all the verve of a novel. This new translation, which captures the freshness and vivacity of the original, is based on the latest critical edition. It examines in detail the central event in Cellini's narrative, the casting of the statue of Perseus. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful and fun
This book is a joy -- a fun page turner that is highly informative about the times (16 century Italy and France) and life of the author, a strong-willed, hard-working, and feisty artist and craftsman. The translators made this book extremely accessible. It does not read like an academic work, yet I appreciated the informative end notes.

5-0 out of 5 stars A page turning pleasure.
I was in Florence recently, when my eyes came across this book.I'am no expert in art, history or biography, but this was a great read.I chuckled often as Cellini vividly portrayed the many adventures of his life.The one amazing thing about this book is, how real Cellini becomes.You feel his many pains and triumphs.Cellini is very normal and flawed, which make him more endearing.I love the guy and wish he were alive today, cause he's the type of guy you'd enjoy a beer with.Buy this book.For everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ian Myles Slater on: A Benvenuto (Welcome) New Version
This much-translated book is the story, in his own words, of a real person whose life seems more like fiction. For clarity, I am going to offer readers unfamiliar with the work some facts, before briefly describing the excellent Oxford World's Classics version (the sixth in English), translated and annotated by the team of Julia Conaway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella. I hope that this will help others find their way through a confusing bibliography. (Those familiar with Cellini should skip to the end.)

Benvenuto Cellini, Florentine goldsmith, sculptor, and enthusiastic self-promoter, can safely be described as a man of the sixteenth century, since he was, conveniently, born, in November 1500, and died in February 1571. Other statements about him, however truthful, often sound like fiction. The autobiography he wrote and (he says mainly) dictated between 1558 and 1566 breaks off in November 1562. It covers several tumultuous decades in later Renaissance and early Counter-Reformation Italy, with excursions into the Swiss Alps and France. Alongside Cellini's frequent descriptions of his own prowess as an artist, a duelist and brawler, and a lover, it is notable for Cellini's almost equally frequent confrontations with celebrated figures; it sometimes seems the most appropriate title would be "And Then I *Told-Off* the Pope, the Emperor, the King and Queen, the Duke and Duchess, and the Judge." Amazingly, a lot of it can be confirmed from contemporary documents; Cellini's penchant for getting into trouble, and the fact that he worked in precious metals, both helped leave paper trails.

Cellini's treatises on goldsmithing and sculpture were published in his lifetime and include autobiographical passages; his account of his life had a limited circulation in manuscript, including one corrected by his own hand, until it was published, from an inferior copy, in 1728. A series of Italian critical and popular editions have followed, up to the present. He has yet to achieve the status of Michelangelo and Raphael, which he coveted, but he is being read. His great bronze statue of Perseus, the casting of which he told and retold, was recently restored. Unfortunately, this was soon overshadowed by the theft of his last surviving goldwork, the "salt-cellar" he created for Francis I of France (not the original patron for which it was designed, as usual).

[Stolen in 2003, the ten-inch high object was finally recovered in January 2006; at which time its worth was estimated at 60 million dollars. Or -- in the same BBC story -- as either 33.9 or 36 million pounds; I'm sure Cellini would have insisted on the higher figure. He certainly would have been delighted by the constant repetition that it is "the Mona Lisa" of sculpture," until he decided that the reference should be the other way around.]

The first English translation, by Thomas Nugent, appeared in 1771. A German rendering (serialized beginning in 1796, according to the Bondanellas), published in book form in 1798, ensured the work immediate European attention; the translator was Goethe, THE international best-selling celebrity author of the age. A second English version, by Thomas Rosco, appeared in 1822 ("Memoirs"). By this time a specifically Romantic vision of Cellini was developing, immortalized in Hector Berlioz's splendid opera of 1838, "Benvenuto Cellini." (Was Berlioz's own highly entertaining autobiography influenced by Cellini's example? Or Goethe's?)

The classic rendering in English, by John Addington Symonds, "The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, Written by Himself," was published in 1888. The Bondanellas attribute Cellini's present fame in the English-speaking world to this translation. It has certainly appeared in a variety of forms, including abridgments, and under various titles, and is sometimes listed by editor. It is still in print; there is a Gutenberg e-text available on-line, which is easily searchable, but you need to know Symonds' renderings of Cellini's sixteenth-century spellings of names. (There was even an edition of the Symonds translation illustrated by -- Salvador Dali!)

Unfortunately, the popularity of Symonds' translation overshadowed a richly documented fourth translation, with extensive commentary, by Robert H. Hobart Cust, published in 1910 (as "The Life of ... "); I remember consulting its notes in a library reserve copy, but have no impression of its quality as a translation. (I also have no idea why Dover never picked it up for reprinting, when they offered a translation of the Treatises.) According to the Bondanellas, Cust's version is still, for most purposes, *the* scholarly edition, in any language (Italian included), although more often used than cited.

Since 1956, editions of Symonds have had to compete with George Bull's translation, for the Penguin Classics, as "The Autobiography," which also was the basis of a Folio Society illustrated edition of 1970. Bull's version seems to be regarded as more accurate than Symonds'. Some (myself included) prefer Symonds' prose style; I have adapted much of this review from my notes comparing these two versions. (In revising, I have drawn heavily on the Bondanella's documentation, using their spellings and dates for other translators and editions.) Unhappily, like most Penguin editions of its vintage, it lacked notes or an index; a limited bibliography was supplied in some later printings. It was not until 1999 that the Penguin Classics edition was reissued in a revised version, with extensive notes and a detailed index. There are slight changes in pagination between the two editions of the Penguin translation, but it is my impression that Bull's translation was supplemented, rather than extensively revised. The Penguin edition may or may not be in print as you read this; anyone ordering a used copy should be aware of the difference. (The last page of the original version is 397, of the revised is 496.) For the notes and index, I prefer the 1999 edition to any form of the Symonds translation currently available. And now there is a third choice.

The Bondanella translation is based on the latest critical editions of the Italian text, and, quite explicitly, on Cust's documentation and explication. I am delighted with the result. The translation is more to my taste than that of Bull, or even Symonds. The Introduction and Chronology are clear, and the Select Bibliography is an invitation to further reading. The index is extremely useful. The annotations are tightly integrated with the text, and concisely explain allusions, identify people, supply facts, and answer many questions. (There are, inevitably, a very few points I would question: shouldn't the note on "unicorn's horn" on page 408 have mentioned that it may have been a narwhal tusk?) They even briefly discuss some problems with Cellini's breezy Italian (composed at the same time other Florentines were writing the first "official" grammars of the language), pointing out alternative understandings. A first-rate addition to the World's Classics list. ... Read more


19. Cellini: Artist, Genius, Fugitive
by Darker Parker
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2003-12-25)
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The life of Cellini is a romping good story which at present exists only in the form of a memoir, read by students and specialists. Derek Parker retells Cellini's life, setting it in the context of the turbulent world of Renaissance Europe. Cellini, famous as sculptor and goldsmith, and patronized by both Francis I of France and the Medici courts of Tuscany, was one of the most picturesque figures of the Renaissance. His adventures, hot temper and tendency to fight, his escapes from prison and amorous escapades among the Florentine and Roman nobility, and his interest in magic, made him a figure of renown in his own time, and beyond.
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20. Cellini
by John Pope-Hennessy
 Hardcover: 324 Pages (1985-11)
list price: US$125.00
Isbn: 089659453X
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