Benvenuto Cellini: Passion And Genius Incarnate

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Some scholars, artists, and politicians of the Renaissance just seem to embody the spirit of the age.  We find such men, say, in the humanist Lorenzo Valla or the historian Guicciardini.  Another was Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571).  He crowded into his seventy-one years enough lusty living for two lifetimes, perhaps more, and never once in the pages of his Autobiography apologized for a single minute of it.

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