The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, Volume 1

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John C. Nimmo, 1888 - Art, Renaissance - 455 pages

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Page 1 - All men of whatsoever quality they be, who have done anything of excellence, or which may properly resemble excellence, ought, if they are persons of truth and honesty, to describe their life with their own hand; but they ought not to attempt so fine an enterprise till they have passed the age of forty.
Page 174 - Sanguigua, next door to the lodging of one of the most fashionable women in Rome, named Signora Antea. It had just struck twenty-four, and he was standing at the house-door, with his sword in hand, having risen from supper. With great address I stole up to him, holding a large Pistojan dagger, and dealt him a back-handed stroke, with which I meant to cut his head clean off; but as he turned round very suddenly, the blow fell upon the point of his left shoulder and broke the bone. He sprang up, dropped...
Page 33 - ... their action that nothing survives of ancient or of modern art which touches the same lofty point of excellence; and as I have already said, the design of the great Lionardo was itself most admirably beautiful. These two cartoons stood, one in the palace of the Medici, the other in the hall of the Pope. So long as they remained intact, they were the school of the world.
Page 32 - ... than a goldsmith; and since I have to turn out a great piece of bronze, I will at the same time turn you into a rich and able artist.
Page 57 - I for my part, stunned and stifled by his cries, and by the looks and smiles of the bystanders. first peeped into my packet; then, after seeing that it contained nothing but gold, I retired to one end of the counter, and, keeping my eyes lowered and making no noise at all, I lifted it with both hands suddenly above my head, and emptied it like a mill hopper.
Page 33 - This Buonarroti and I used, when we were boys, to go into the Church of the Carmine, to learn drawing from the chapel of...
Page xxxiv - His secrets, who deigned to grant me that great favour; for ever since the time of my strange vision until now an aureole of glory (marvellous to relate) has rested on my head. This is visible to every sort of men to whom I have chosen to point it out; but those have been very few. This halo can be observed above my shadow in the morning from the rising of the sun for about two hours, and far better when the grass is drenched with dew.
Page 247 - In the first days of your papacy it were not well to grant pardons of this kind." The Pope turned to him and answered : " You know less about such matters than I do. Know then that men like Benvenuto, unique in their profession, stand above the law ; and how far more he, then, who received the provocation I have heard of?
Page 125 - ... it. I explained all the devices I had used in firing; but told him that why the man was cut in halves, neither he nor I could know. Upon my bended knees I then besought him to give me the pardon of his blessing for that homicide; and for all the others I had committed in the castle in the service of the Church. Thereat the Pope, raising his hand, and making a large open sign of the cross upon my face, told me that he blessed me, and that he gave me pardon for all murders I had ever perpetrated,...

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