A Descriptive, Explanatory, and Critical, Catalogue; Of Fifty of the Earliest Pictures Contained in the National Gallery of Great Britain

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1834. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE RESURRECTION OF LAZARUS. SEBASTIAN DEL PIOMBO. (FROM THE DESIGN OF MICHAEL ANGELO.) Concerning this celebrated work, the opinions of at least three gentlemen, respected for their taste and picture-knowledge, are before the public. We have of course read them, as in duty bound. They are not concordant; and not having the honour to coincide perfectly with either of them, it seems incumbent upon us to offer some reasons for our differing, the occasion being of importance; since we cannot dissemble, or affect to admire, what we do not feel or judge to be really admirable. Neither can we implicitly adopt sentiments that are not our own--like the literary apothecaries, whom we purpose to notice in a future page. After a word or two respecting the previous attainments in art of the painter--or chief painter--of this remarkable picture, we will treat of the conception of the subject; the design; effect; execution; and the varying opinions respecting them. The principal biographer of the Roman and Ven&tian artists, records of Sebastian, that he was "the most distinguished disciple of the school of Giorgione, to whose tuition he attached himself, after quitting Giovanni Bellini; and in the tone of his colours, and the fulness of his forms, imitated him better than any other artist. He does not except Titian. An altarpiece in San Gio Chrisostomo, from his hand, was by some mistaken for the work of his master, so strikingly does it abound with his manner. It may be presumed, indeed, that he was assisted in the design, Sebastian being known to possess no surpris- ing richness of invention; slow in the composition of most of his figures, irresolute, eager to undertake, but difficult to commence, and most difficult in the completion." Now the absence that is here imp...

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