- Category : Art-Fine-art-artist
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (27,57)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 4
Italian renaissance artist, a goldsmith historically renowned as the greatest designer of metal of the medieval period, if not of all time. He was also a fine sculptor.
Son of a architect-musician, he served as an apprentice to a goldsmith. As a youth, Cellini fled to Rome after a duel, then to France. Back in Rome,1523-1540, he received commissions from princes and popes for jewelry, medallions, coins, vases and small objects. His personal capacity for pride and wrath were still unresolved; he murdered two men, fought others, was imprisoned, escaped and traveled frequently. While in France, 1540-1545, he made his famous saltcellar in gold and enamel. From 1554, he concentrated on full-scale sculpture and busts.
He was the author of a spirited, self-centered autobiography, written 1558-1566 and published posthumously in 1728.
Cellini married his housekeeper, Piera di'Parigi with whom he had two illegitimate children. He died on 2/13/1575 OS, Florence, Italy.