The Princes of Art: Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers

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Lee and Shepard, 1870 - Artists - 340 pages
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Page 142 - ... mind of the spectator ; hence they impart so refined and exalted a feeling, although generally but a transcript of familiar and well-known objects — representations of beautiful forms, without reference to spiritual or unearthly conceptions. It is life in its fullest power — the glorification of earthly existence, the liberation of art from the bonds of ecclesiastical...
Page 173 - ... entirely contemporary portraits, so that the figures of Christ and the Virgin, of themselves sufficiently insignificant, entirely sink in comparison. Servants with splendid vases are seen in the foreground, with people looking on from raised balustrades, and from the loggie and roofs of distant houses. The most remarkable feature is a group of musicians in the centre in front, round a table ; also portraits — Paul Veronese himself is playing the violoncello, Tintoretto a similar instrument,...
Page 71 - The Night, which you see sleeping so sweetly, was sculptured in this marble by an angel, and because she sleeps, she lives. Awake her, if you do not believe it, and she will speak to you.
Page 51 - He returned the next morning, and several successive days, almost entirely abandoning Master Ghirlandaio. The head of his model had been so much injured by time, that the nose and mouth were almost entirely wanting. However, this difficulty did not stop Michael Angelo: although he had never received a lesson, he finished his fawn, the mouth of which he made half open, as in a burst of laughter, showing the tongue and all the teeth. This done, he examined it, to be sure that he had forgotten nothing,...
Page 324 - ... soon equalled his admiration for the artist, and he took pleasure in seeing him work, and conversing with him. One day, when Albert was drawing a group upon the wall, the emperor observed that the ladder upon which he was standing was not firm, and he made a sign to one of the noblemen of his suite to hold it. The nobleman, surprised to receive such an order, stepped back, and calling a domestic, told him to hold the ladder. Maximilian dismissed the servant by a gesture, and approaching the painter,...
Page 170 - One has never done well enough, when one can do better ; one never knows enough, when he can learn more.
Page 52 - I do know," answered the unknown, "and if you will follow me, I will show it to you." " And you will give it back to me ? " " No, I wish to keep it." " And by what right ? let me ask. I made it ; it seems to me that I ought to have it." " Never mind ; do not be angry. If you absolutely desire it, I will return it,:
Page 127 - The facade of our house?" repeated Titian. " Of the house we inhabit, if you mean that it does not belong to us. Be quiet ; we shall do better than that, and in a year or two there will not be a palace too beautiful for us. How you look at me ! One would think that you did not understand what I say.
Page 215 - We do not ask you, sir, to neglect your pencil," replied one of the visitors : " we wish only that you would associate yourself in a brilliant affair ; my friend and I have studied alchemy for a long time, so that this admirable science has no more secrets for us. Unfortunately, the experiments we have made have exhausted our resources, and now we are obliged to give up the wonderful results of our discovery for want of some thousand crowns.
Page 139 - The artist answered, that she was begging, with tears in her eyes, that his majesty would pay Titian the pension which Charles V. had wished to leave him. Philip, severe as he was, could not help laughing at the hint, and ordered the Viceroy of Naples to pay the great painter without delay. But the most important work, for the King of Spain, was The Last Supper, an immense picture, which cost Titian seven years' labor, and is regarded as a masterpiece in coloring.

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