Historical tales of remarkable men (Google eBook)

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Page 249 - Transfiguration of ^Christ," which he painted for Cardinal de Medici. In this he put forth all his powers, and it remains a lasting memorial of his genius. While engaged upon it, a sudden fever seized him, which, for want of proper treatment, proved fatal, and terminated his life in the prime of youth and talent. Raffaelle died on the day of his birth, Good-Friday, in 1520, aged only thirty-seven.
Page 248 - One of these he left to be completed by his ancient master, Perugino, and returned to Florence in 1505. There he studied his beloved art with patience and enthusiasm combined, by means of which his reputation increased yearly. At this time Bramante d'Urbino, a fellowcitizen and distant relative of Raffaelle's, was in high favour with Pope Julius II., and architect of St. Peter's. He invited his young kinsman to Rome, where Julius received him with great kindness, and appointed him one of the artists...
Page 244 - ... he had in his native Urbino. This good and loving father was not slow to see that his limited powers in art were insufficient to supply the rising genius of his son, and no shame or mortified self-love hindered him from acting upon this knowledge. He went to Perugia, where lived Pietro Perugino, an artist who had by his own unwearied diligence raised himselt from low estate until he had become one of the best painters of the day.
Page 249 - ... work to be intrusted to Raffaelle alone ; and here the generous and grateful spirit of the young artist had an opportunity of shining forth. Among the doomed pictures was one by Pietro Perugino ; but Raffaelle could not bear that such an insult should be offered to his kind old master ; he entreated earnestly that it might be spared. The pope, touched by this unselfish request, granted it, and the picture still remains untouched except by the hand of time. The death of Julius II. happened while...
Page 250 - ... Medici. In this he put forth all his powers, and it remains a lasting memorial of his genius. While engaged upon it, a sudden fever seized him, which, for want of proper treatment, proved fatal, and terminated his life in the prime of youth and talent. Raffaelle died on the day of his birth, Good-Friday, in 1520, aged only thirty-seven. His body was laid in state in his own studio, his...
Page 246 - Raffaelle heard continually of the wonderful works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michael- Angelo, then exhibited at Florence. He resolved to go thither, and judge for himself of their perfection. Great indeed was his delight and wonder when he beheld with his own eyes these master-pieces of genius. Leonardo's particularly attracted him, for...
Page 247 - However, Battista, a son of Lorenzo, succeeded in saving the fragments, and carefully restored them. The picture still exists. Raffaelle's stay at Florence was sorrowfully terminated. He had news of the illness of his aged parents ; he went to Urbino, but both were no more. They had seen only the dawnings of their son's glory ; but doubtless that was reward sufficient for their unselfish and devoted affection. Raffaelle gathered together all the worldly goods which they had left him, and quitted...
Page 245 - Raffaelle copied his master's style so exactly, that his pictures at this period of his life cannot be distinguished from those of Perugino's. Having never known a higher style, the young artist went on calmly and composedly in this beaten track, winning much praise from the inhabitants of his native city, and of Perugia, who had no idea of a loftier standard of perfection than Perugino's. But a change was soon to come over the spirit of Raffaelle the Divine.
Page 248 - Pope immediately ordered all the other pictures to be effaced, and the work to be entrusted to Raffaelle alone ; and here the generous and grateful spirit of the young artist had an opportunity of shining forth. Among the doomed pictures was one by Pietro Perugino ; but Raffaelle could not bear that such an insult should be offered to his kind old master ; he entreated earnestly that it might be spared. The Pope, touched by this unselfish request, granted it, and the picture still remains untouched...
Page 249 - ... encouragement, enabled the artist to continue with a brave heart, and the paintings were finished at the end of nine years. The rooms they adorn are called the Chambers of Raffaelle. They consist chiefly of Scripture subjects, and almost rival the works of Michael Angelo in the Sistine chapel. During these nine years, Raffaelle found time to paint other pictures, and to study architecture under Bramante ; so that, on the death of this relative, he was appointed architect of St. Peter's in his...

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