Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
July 12, 1:00 PM
Benvenuto Cellini was a true Renaissance man; living from 1500-1571, he was a leading sculptor, reportedly an excellent flutist, a goldsmith, a painter, a draftsman, and a soldier. The Florentine artist also served as papal stamp maker, designing coins and other images for official business. As a defender of Rome in 1527, he claimed to have shot the Prince of Orange and the Bourbon constable. He also shot a rival goldsmith, a crime for which he was absolved by Paul III. He began writing an autobiography in 1558, which not surprisingly was rich with material for the first opera of Hector Berlioz.