Posted at 3:45 PM on February 11, 2011
by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version
The Renaissance goldsmith and adventurer Benvenuto Cellini may have been the godfather of self-promotion and celebrity culture. His famous autobiography gilded his exploits and shocked with its frankness.
French composer Hector Berlioz thought Cellini's life would make a blockbuster opera. When audiences yawned, Berlioz regrouped, and refashioned themes from the Cellini opera into one of his most popular works.