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Treatises of Benvenuto Cellini on Goldsmithing and Sculpture

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In "Treatises of Benvenuto Cellini on Goldsmithing and Sculpture," readers are given a fascinating glimpse into the world of Renaissance art and craftsmanship through the eyes of the legendary artist and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini.

Cellini's detailed instructions and insights into the techniques of goldsmithing and sculpture are both informative and inspiring. His passion for his craft shines through in every page, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in the art of metalwork and sculpture.

Not only does Cellini provide practical advice on a wide range of topics, from casting to engraving, but he also shares anecdotes from his own life that offer a glimpse into the world of a working artist in 16th century Italy.

Overall, "Treatises of Benvenuto Cellini on Goldsmithing and Sculpture" is a valuable resource for artists, historians, and anyone with a love for the arts. Cellini's wisdom and expertise continue to resonate today, making this book a timeless classic that belongs on the bookshelf of every art lover.

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Benvenuto Cellini, a 16th century Florentine goldsmith and sculptor, is perhaps better known for his colorful autobiography than his works of art. In his "Trattati", Cellini explains how he made his intricate pieces in gold, such as the salt cellar intended for the table of King Francis I of France, and his monumental sculptures, including the bronze Perseus and Medusa that stands in Florence's Loggia dei Lanzi. Cellini allows himself numerous digressions, so what might in the hands of another author have proved a dry textbook is instead an amusing companion to his "Vita". - Summary by Rob Marland

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