Hand-book of painting. The Italian schools, Part 2

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lady Elizabeth Eastlake
1874
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Page 570 - Ъу the name of Eclectics, from their having endeavoured to select and unite the best qualities of each of the great masters, combined with the study of nature ; the other class were distinguished by the name of...
Page 562 - ... rather pleasing. The tone is cool. Vasari is not a great painter, but this is a really good example of his work. Vasari does not at all realize that he is one of a declining school. He says calmly : " We paint six pictures in a year, while the earlier masters took six years to one picture, and yet these pictures are much more perfectly executed than those of the early school by the most distinguished masters.
Page 476 - Raphael, inspired with a noble emulation, his practice matured by the execution of several frescoes in the Vatican, treated these new subjects with an elevation of style not perhaps equalled in his former efforts. The highest qualities of these works are undoubtedly addressed to the mind as vivid interpretations of the spirit and letter of Scripture ; but, as examples of Art, they are the most perfect expression of that general grandeur of treatment in form, composition and drapery, which the Italian...
Page 572 - La mossa coll' ombrar Veneziano, E il degno colorir di Lombardia. Di Michel Angiol la terribil via, II vero natural di Tiziano, Del Correggio lo stil puro e sovrano', E di un Rafel la giusta simmetria.
Page 475 - The co-operation of other scholars is also to be recognized, yet in almost all the Cartoons the hand of the master is apparent ; most perhaps in the Calling of Peter (the tapestry from which was to occupy so important a place), and least in the Paul Preaching at Athens, and Christ's Charge to Peter. As designs, they are universally considered the finest inventions of Raphael ; at the time he was commissioned to prepare them, the fame of Michael Angelo's ceiling, in the same chapel they were destined...
Page 572 - Let him who wishes to be a good painter acquire the design of Rome, Venetian action and Venetian management of shade, the dignified...
Page 381 - And I will put enmity between thce and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed ; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Page 424 - ... ascribe great importance to the instinctive inspirations of the faculties as the fountains of success in art. The most prominent figure in the picture is the priest, on whose right side stands the Virgin, and behind her five female attendants ; on his left, Joseph, and the same number of male friends. Joseph is in the act of placing the ring on the Virgin's finger. The priest is a pure, amiable, dignified character, with a fine combination of vigour with age. All the other figures represent persons...
Page 476 - ... mind, as vivid interpretations of the spirit and letter of Scripture ; but, as examples of Art, they are the most perfect expression of that general grandeur of treatment in form, composition and drapery which the Italian masters contemplated from the first, as suited to the purposes of religion and the size of the temples destined to receive such works. In the Cartoons this greatness of style, not without a due regard to variety of character, pervades every figure, and is so striking in some...
Page 572 - Raphael; the decorum and wellgrounded study of Tibaldi ; the invention of the learned Primaticcio, and a little of Parmigianino's grace. But without so much study and weary labour, let him apply himself to imitate the works which our Nicolo (dell

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