Raphael: His Life and Works: With Particular Reference to Recently Discovered Records, and an Exhaustive Study of Extant Drawings and Pictures, Volume 2

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J. Murray, 1885
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Page 147 - And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me ; for the earth is filled with violence through them ; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Page 201 - Our Lord the Pope has done me great honor by throwing a considerable burden on my shoulders — that of attending to the building of St. Peter's. I hope I shall not sink under it; the more so as the model which I have made is approved by His Holiness, and praised by many intelligent persons. But I soar in thought to higher spheres — I should like to discover the beautiful forms of ancient edifices, and know not whether my flight may not be the flight of Icarus. I gather much light from Vetruvius,...
Page 202 - I do not write, because I have to complain of you that you sit pen in hand all day, and let six months go by between one letter and the other. Still, with all that, you will not make me angry with you as you do wrongly with me. " I have come fairly out of the matter of a wife, but, to return to that, I answer that you may know that St.
Page 203 - Buffa has offers for me, I have some of my own also, and I can find a handsome wife of excellent repute in Rome as I have heard. She and her relatives are ready to give me three thousand gold scudi as a dowry, and I live in a house at Rome, and one hundred ducats are worth more here than two hundred there, of this be assured.
Page 59 - Cavalcaselle do not exaggerate when they say that "the School of Athens is simply the finest, best balanced and most perfect arrangement of figures that was ever put together by the genius of the Italian revival, and the scene in which the action is set is the most splendid display of monumental architecture that was ever made in the Sixteenth Century.
Page 204 - I beg you to be good enough to go to the Duke and Duchess and tell them this, as I know they will be pleased to hear that one of their servants does them honour, and recommend me to them as I continually stand recommended to you. Salute all friends and relatives for me, and particularly Ridolfo, who has so much love for me. The first of July, 1514. Your RAPHAEL, painter in Rome.
Page 201 - I should consider myself a great master if it realized one half of the many things of which you write; but I gather from your words the love you bear me, and I should tell you that to paint a beauty one should see many, the sole condition being that you should be with me to make choice of the best. Good judgment being as scarce as handsome women, I make use of a certain idea which comes to my mind.
Page 202 - Peter's which [the salary] I shall never fail to enjoy so long as my life lasts; and I am certain of getting others, and am also paid for what I do to whatever amount I please, and I have begun to paint another room for His Holiness which will amount to one thousand two hundred ducats of gold. So that, dearest Cousin, I do honor to you and all relatives and to my country. Yet, for all that, I hold you dear in the center of my heart, and when I hear your name, I feel as if I heard that of a father;...
Page 349 - If, in return, you will give me a drawing of your Judith, I shall place it among my dearest and most precious treasures. Monsignor the Datary, is anxiously expecting his little Madonna ; and Cardinal Riario his large one, as you will hear from Bazzotto. I also shall view them with that satisfaction and enjoyment, which all your previous productions have given me — productions which no artist has surpassed in beauty, and in the expression of devotional feeling.
Page 202 - Dearest, in place of a father I have received one of yours; most dear to me because it assures me that you are not angry; which indeed would be wrong considering how tiresome it is to write when one has nothing of consequence to say. But now, being of consequence, I reply to tell you as much as I am able to communicate a*.

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