The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
The autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini give a detailed account of his singular career, as well as his loves, hatreds, passions, and delights, written in an energetic, direct, and racy style. They show a great self-regard and self-assertion, sometimes running into extravagances which are impossible to credit. He even writes in a complacent way of how he contemplated his murders before carrying them out. Parts of his tale recount some extraordinary events and phenomena; such as his stories of conjuring up a legion of devils in the Colosseum, after one of his not innumerous mistresses had been spirited away from him by her mother; of the marvelous halo of light which he found surrounding his head at dawn and twilight after his Roman imprisonment, and his supernatural visions and angelic protection during that adversity; and of his being poisoned on two separate occasions.
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Oct 12, 2016"All men who have accomplished anything worthwhile should set down the story of their own lives with their own hands. But they should wait before undertaking so delicate an enterprise until they have passed the age of 40," says Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) in the opening chapter of this book, The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini first published in Italy in 1728. This is one of the earliest classic autobiographies in the world eclipsed only by the likes of Saint Augustine's Confessions, Babur's The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince Emperor and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. Benvenuto Cellini was an Italian artist who became a friend to Leonardo de Vinci (1452-1519) and Michaelangelo (1475-1564). These are reasons enough for me to pick this book in a second-hand bookstore a couple of years back. Well, aside from the fact that this is included in the 501 Must-Read Books, I enjoy reading memoirs and autobiographies especially those of world-renowned personalities but for... More > some reason, not known to me. Cellini was 58 years old when he wrote this memoir or autobiography and first I thought it would be a difficult read but the edition was really easy to understand and because of the many interesting events that happened in Cellini's life and his tongue-in-cheek (meaning, candid and honest) telling of his life, the book is engaging and definitely worth reading. Imagine Cellini even exposed himself in telling the murder that he committed despite the fact that he was a religious person. The other interesting part of this book is the supernatural experience that he had while imprisoned in the Castle of St. Angelo in Rome. In particular, this autobiography should be a must-read book for anybody who is interested on renaissance art because it reads like a who's who of that world. K.D. Feb 23, 2014< Less
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