Prize Game, One Hundred and Fifty Questions on the Old Masters

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C.W. Moulton, 1889 - Artists - 39 pages

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Page 11 - Fairer seems the ancient city, and the sunshine seems more fair, That he once has trod its pavement, that he once has breathed its air!
Page 32 - Rubens was, perhaps, the greatest master in the mechanical part of the art, the best workman with his tools, that ever exercised a pencil.
Page 12 - ... narcissus flowers and dies, but slow The tree whose blossoms shall mature to fruit. Grace is a moment's happy feeling, Power A life's slow growth ; and we for many an hour Must strain and toil, and wait and weep, if we The perfect fruit of all we are would see. Therefore I wait. Within my earnest thought For years upon this picture I have wrought, Yet still it is not ripe ; I dare not paint Till all is ordered and matured within. Hand-work and head-work have an earthly taint, But when the soul...
Page 9 - This is the rugged face Of him who won a place Above all kings and lords; Whose various skill and power Left Italy a dower No numbers can compute, no tongue translate in words. " Patient to train and school His genius to the rule Art's sternest laws required; Yet, by no custom chained, His daring band disdained The academic forms by tamer souls admired.
Page 14 - In this chapel wrought One of the few, Nature's interpreters, The few whom genius gives as lights to shine, Masaccio ; and he slumbers underneath. Wouldst thou behold his monument ? Look round...
Page 9 - ... themes. The fires within his soul Shone like an aureole Around the prophets old and sibyls of his dreams. Thus self-contained and bold, His glowing thoughts he told On canvas or on stone, He needed not to seek His themes from Jew or Greek; His soul enlarged their forms, his style was all his own. Ennobled by his hand, Florence and Rome shall stand Stamped with the signet-ring He wore, where kings obeyed The laws the artists made. Art was his world, and he was Art's anointed king. So stood this...
Page 18 - Was as circumspect and true As the most correct of husbands, When the dear delightful shrew Has him, and his sweet companions, Every moment under view. But I trow that Albert Durer Had within his heart a spot Where he sat, and painted pictures That gave beauty to his...
Page 16 - CHAPEL HE came to Florence long ago, And painted here these walls, that shone For Raphael and for Angelo, With secrets deeper than his own, Then shrank into the dark again, And died, we know not how or when. • The shadows deepened, and I turned Half sadly from the fresco grand ;
Page 12 - The ceiling forms a flattened arch in its section ; the central portion, which is a plain surface, contains a series of large and small pictures, representing the most important events recorded in the book of Genesis — the Creation and Fall of Man, with its immediate consequences. In the large triangular compartments at the springing of the vault, are sitting figures of the prophets and sibyls, as the foretellers of the coming of the Saviour.
Page 27 - I've waged with Fate eternal strife ; Have toiled without reward or gain, And wooed the arts — but wooed in vain. For while to Hope I fondly trust, I scarce can earn my daily crust. While as I saunter through the court I grow the jesting page's sport, For threadbare coats meet no respect, And challenge only cold neglect. In Summer when the dog-star...

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