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  • Title: Art History: The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini (illustrated)
  • Author: Cellini Benvenuto
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  • Page: 270
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Introductory Sonnet THIS tale of my sore troubled life I write, To thank the God of nature, who conveyed My soul to me, and with such care hath stayed That divers noble deeds Ive brought to light Twas He subdued my cruel fortunes spite Life glory virtue measureless hath made Such grace worth beauty be through me displayed That few can rival, none surpass me quiteIntroductory Sonnet THIS tale of my sore troubled life I write, To thank the God of nature, who conveyed My soul to me, and with such care hath stayed That divers noble deeds Ive brought to light Twas He subdued my cruel fortunes spite Life glory virtue measureless hath made Such grace worth beauty be through me displayed That few can rival, none surpass me quite Only it grieves me when I understand What precious time in vanity Ive spent The wind it beareth mans frail thoughts away Yet, since remorse avails not, Im content, As erst I came, WELCOME to go one day, Here in the Flower of this fair Tuscan land Introductory Note AMONG the vast number of men who have thought fit to write down the history of their own lives, three or four have achieved masterpieces which stand out preeminently Saint Augustine in his Confessions, Samuel Pepys in his Diary, Rousseau in his Confessions It is among these extraordinary documents, and unsurpassed by any of them, that the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini takes its place The Life of himself which Cellini wrote was due to other motives than those which produced its chief competitors for first place in its class St Augustines aim was religious and didactic, Pepys noted down in his diary the daily events of his life for his sole satisfaction and with no intention that any one should read the cipher in which they were recorded But Cellini wrote that the world might know, after he was dead, what a fellow he had been what great things he had attempted, and against what odds he had carried them through All men, he held, whatever be their condition, who have done anything of merit, or which verily has a semblance of merit, if so be they are men of truth and good repute, should write the tale of their life with their own hand That he had done many things of merit, he had no manner of doubt His repute was great in his day, and perhaps good in the sense in which he meant goodness as to whether he was a man of truth, there is still dispute among scholars Of some misrepresentations, some suppressions of damaging facts, there seems to be evidence only too good a man with Cellinis passion for proving himself in the right could hardly have avoided being guilty of such but of the general trustworthiness of his record, of the kind of man he was and the kind of life he led, there is no reasonable doubt The period covered by the autobiography is from Cellinis birth in 1500 to 1562 the scene is mainly in Italy and France Of the great events of the time, the time of the Reformation and the Counter Reformation, of the strife of Pope and Emperor and King, we get only glimpses The leaders in these events appear in the foreground of the picture only when they come into personal relations with the hero and then not mainly as statesmen or warriors, but as connoisseurs and patrons of art Such an event as the Sack of Rome is described because Benvenuto himself fought in it.
    Art History The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini illustrated Introductory Sonnet THIS tale of my sore troubled life I write To thank the God of nature who conveyed My soul to me and with such care hath stayed That divers noble deeds Ive brought to light Twas

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