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Plon, Eugène (Text by); Paul Le Rat (Etchings by)
Benvenuto Cellini, orfévre, médailleur, sculpteur: recherches sur sa vie, sur son ?uvre et sur les pièces qui lui sont attribuées
E. Plon et Cie, Paris, 1883. 1/100. Folio (14 1/2 x 11 1/2"). [12], 414, [2]pp. Contemporary 3/4 morocco over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine. Raised bands. Top edge gilt. Ribbon marker. Marbled endpapers. Title page in red and black lettering. Decorative head-, tailpieces, and initials. Illustrated with numerous in-text b/w illustrations and 82 full-page plates of etchings, duo-tone heliogravures and b/w illustrations reproducing some splendid pieces of Benvenuto Cellini's artwork and designs, this monograph introduces the reader to the fascinating world of one of the most important artists of Mannerism.* Born in Florence in 1500, Cellini was a celebrated sculptor, goldsmith and writer, as well as one of the most picturesque figures of the Renaissance. Trained as a goldsmith and early proficient in that craft, at 16 he had to leave Florence because of a street fight and spent some months in Siena. In 1519 he moved to Rome, the center of his activity for the next two decades. In Rome, Cellini served popes Clement VII and Paul III, working chiefly on portrait medallions, coins, and jewels. By his own account Cellini was a notable fighter, and in the sack of Rome (1527) he fought against the imperial troops. An increasingly tense relationship with Paul III and a series of violent incidents led to Cellini's imprisonment in the Castel Sant'Angelo, from which he made a dramatic escape. Cellini spent the years 1540-1545 in France, serving Francis I as sculptor, decorator, and designer of architectural projects for the royal château of Fontainebleau. In … [Click Below for Full Description]
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