The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • by Benvenuto Cellini
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Master Italian sculptor, goldsmith, and writer Benvenuto Cellini is best remembered for his magnificent autobiography. In this work, which was actually begun in 1558 but not published until 1730, Cellini beautifully chronicles his flamboyant times. He tells of his adventures in Italy and France, and his relations with popes, kings, and fellow artists. From Florence and Pisa to Siena and Rome, Cellini portrays a tumultuous period - the age of Galileo, Michelangelo and the de Medicis - with an artist's eye for detail and a curmudgeon's propensity for criticism. Cellini, according to himself, lived a very full life, and his account of his exploits, though grandiloquent and somewhat suspect, is always entertaining. Historians have considered this work to be a prime example of the emergence of modern individualism during the Renaissance.
Translated by John Addington Symonds.


What the Critics Say

"The minute details recounted by Cellini are gracefully read by Whitfield, who breathes life into this fascinating autobiography." ( AudioFile) "[ The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini] chronicles with unflagging energy and force one of the most tempestuous lives and one of the largest egos in all of history....The vigorous translation is superbly realized by British narrator Robert Whitfield, successfully bringing to [the recording] Cellini's unforgettable story. Highly recommended for all collections." ( Library Journal)


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Best Book I ever read (listened)

This book provides a facinating insight into life during the early 16th century. Benvenuto Cellini was a brilliant artist as well as a story teller. A real page turner...
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- Eben

A braggart and a bully but also a true genius

Benvenuto Cellini's life reads like a movie script, and if asked to name a director worthy of its production it would be Tarantino. The man is bigger than life or so he would have us believe, he moves with and around the most powerful and influential men and women of his time. He in turn annoys and exasperates Kings, Popes, Dukes and his greatest artistic contemporaries while at the same time holding them entranced with his whiles and wit. He is the renascence party animal par excellence a man to love and hate. But never dull or without charm. To know his times you must read this man life, and then work out if you can if it's work of fantastic self aggrandisement or so honest an work as to beggar belief.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-12-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.