Murillo and the Spanish School of Painting: Fifteen Engravings on Steel and Nineteen on Wood, with an Account of the School and Its Great Masters

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Virtue & Company, 1872 - Painters - 108 pages
 

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Page 20 - Last Judgment of Martin de Vos, at Seville, Pacheco relates how a bishop informed him that he had chanced, when only a simple monk, to perform service before this group of nakedness — the mitre had not obliterated the dire recollections ; he observed (he had been a sailor in early life) that rather than celebrate mass before it again, he would face a hurricane in the Gulf of Bermuda.
Page 82 - collection' at Paris, stopped opposite a Murillo and said: 'I very much value that specimen, as it saved the lives of two estimable persons.' An aide-de-camp whispered, 'He threatened to have both shot on the spot, unless they gave up the picture.
Page 5 - In the remote villages and in the mendicant convents the most ridiculous masquerades were exhibited, such as the Saviour in a court-dress, with wig and breeches, whereat the Due de St.
Page 82 - Egypt,' which on M. Soult's arrival were concealed by the chapter; a traitor informed him, and he sent to beg them as a present, hinting that if refused he would take them by force (Toreno XX). The worthy Marshal one day showing Col.
Page 10 - ... it is not unusual to discover very fine pictures in neglect and decay; thrown aside amongst the rubbish of castoff furniture ; whether it be, that the possessor has no knowledge of their excellence, or thinks it below his notice to attend to their preservation ; but how much soever the Spaniards have declined from their former taste and passion for the elegant arts, I am persuaded they have in no degree fallen off from their national character for generosity...
Page 5 - ... Ha quedado para vestir imagines" (She has gone to dress images) has become a term of reproach. Embroidering rich dresses for images of the Virgin is still a great occupation with the wealthy and pious ladies of Spain. Similar customs prevailed with the ancients. The ancients, however, paid somewhat more attention to the decorum and propriety of costume than the Spanish clergy. d In the writer's notice of PACHECO.
Page 10 - Those who expect to be able to pick up good things for nothing will be wofully disappointed. Let them beware of the " extraordinary luck of getting for an old song — by the merest chance in the world — an ORIGINAL Murillo or Velazquez." These bargains are, indeed, plentiful as blackberries. But when the fortunate amateur has paid for them, their packing, freight, duty, repairing, lining, cleaning, framing, and hanging, he will be in a frame of mind to suspend himself. Sad is desengano, the change...
Page 10 - Mr. Ford tells us that if we wish to collect a Spanish library we shall do so better in one week in London than we could in a year at Madrid. It may be acceptable to quote him also on the purchase of pictures : — ' The market never was well provided with literary or artistical wares : the rich cared not for these things, and the clergy made art subservient to religion, and tied it up in mortmain. Whatever there was, has been pretty well cleared out, during the war by the swords of invaders, and...
Page 15 - a world of excellent pictures, inventions of singular curiosity, whereof most were religious and such as tended to mortification :" hence the hagiographic, hieratic, legendary, and conventional character of the compositions. The jealous church, in her palmy power, treated art like the priests of Egypt ; it was to be silent, impassive, and immutable. She exacted a stern adhesion to an established model; she forbad any deviation from her religious type. To have changed an attitude or attribute would...
Page 84 - Murillo a fait un miracle presque aussi étonnant que le miracle du Christ. Si le Christ a nourri cinq mille hommes avec cinq pains d'orge et deux poissons , Murillo a peint cinq mille hommes sur un espace de vingt-six pieds. En vérité, il n'en manque pas un des cinq mille; c'est une foule...

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