“The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini” (“Life of Benvenuto, son of Maestro Giovanni Cellini, a Florentine, written by himself in Florence”) – Benvenuto Cellini

Description: The biography of the jeweler and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) is one of the most remarkable works of literature of the 16th century, fully reflecting the spirit of the Italian Renaissance. This is a fascinating story about a life lived with dignity, marked by great creative daring, crowned with success thanks to an independent spirit and unyielding human energy. Cellini spoke about the development of his talent and about the dramatic episodes of his fate in a rich colloquial language, which has a unique and unforgettable charm. Cellini began writing his autobiography in 1558. The final version of the manuscript, supposedly intended for distribution to friends and colleagues of the sculptor and written by the hand of a 14-year-old boy, Cellini’s secretary, was significantly different from the draft, which contained extensive corrections. When creating the latter, the author, most likely, used various diary entries, which at that time were kept not only by people of art, but also, for example, by merchants. The chronicle of the events of his life comes to 1562. In the 18th century. the manuscript is missing. In 1805, it was found in one of the bookstores in Florence and transferred to the Laurentian library, where it is located to this day. The first printed edition appeared in Naples in 1728. Cellini’s autobiography contains unique historical information.

Author: Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571) – Italian sculptor, jeweler, painter, warrior, and musician of the Renaissance.

Language: English

Year of edition: 1728

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