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The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini Vol 2

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini  Vol 2 by Benvenuto Cellini
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The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini Volume 2 is a captivating and inspiring account of the life of the renowned Italian artist and goldsmith. In this second volume, Cellini continues to recount his incredible adventures, from dramatic encounters with powerful figures to his tumultuous relationships with friends and enemies.

Cellini's narrative is filled with vivid descriptions and fascinating details, bringing to life the vibrant atmosphere of Renaissance Italy. His passion for his craft and his fierce determination to succeed shine through in every page, making this book a truly compelling read.

Although Cellini's arrogance and bravado can be off-putting at times, his honesty and vulnerability also shine through, making him a complex and multidimensional character. As he navigates the challenges and obstacles that come his way, readers are taken on a thrilling journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

Overall, The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini Volume 2 is a rich and engrossing read that offers a unique glimpse into the life of a true Renaissance man. Whether you are a fan of art history or simply enjoy a good memoir, this book is sure to captivate and entertain.

Book Description:
Cellini's autobiographical memoirs, which he began writing in Florence in 1558, 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. He writes of his time in Paris:

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.

The autobiography is a classic, and commonly regarded as one of the most colourful; it is certainly the most important autobiography from the Renaissance.

Cellini's autobiography is one of the books Tom Sawyer mentions as inspiration while freeing Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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