Benvenuto Cellini is an incomparable source on the nature of artmaking in sixteenth century Italy. A practicing artist who worked in gold, bronze, marble, as well as on paper, he was also the author of treatises, discourses, poems and letters about his own work and the works of contemporaries. By examining how Cellini and those around him viewed the act of sculpture in the late Renaissance, Michael Cole demonstrates his continuing relevance to the broader study of artistic theory and practice in his time.
1. Salt, composition, and the goldsmith's intelligence; 2. Casting, blood and bronze; 3. The Ars Apollinea and the mastery of marble; 4. The design of virtue.
"A valuable addition...to Renaissance studies as a whole. An engaging and thought-provoking addition to Cellini scholarship that provides a valuable counterpoint both to classic texts adn to more recent and forthcoming work; all Renaissance scholars should hope that this is not Cole's final word on this subject." CAA Reviews