Painters, Sculptors, Architects, Engravers, and Their Works: A Handbook

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Houghton, Osgood, 1879 - Artists - 681 pages
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Page 503 - ... his native humility, modesty, and candour never forsook him, even on surprise or provocation; nor was the least degree of arrogance or assumption visible to the most scrutinizing eye in any part of his conduct or discourse.
Page 180 - I labored," says he, in one of his letters,* "for a mere pittance, but it was sufficient. It was the fruit of my own resolution ; and, as I then flattered myself, the foretaste of more honorable rewards, — for I never thought of wealth.
Page 503 - In full affluence of foreign and domestic fame, admired by the expert in art and by the learned in science, courted...
Page 220 - I dined with the artist on the glorious 5th of December, 1782, after listening with him to the speech of the king, formally recognizing the United States of America as in the rank of nations.
Page 447 - History" has done. He was a saddler, harness-maker, clock and watch maker, silversmith, painter in oil, crayons, and miniature, modeller in clay, wax and plaster ; he sawed his own ivory for his miniatures, moulded the glasses, and made the shagreen cases...
Page 140 - Donatello, and asked him to go on to his house, where he would soon join him. When Donatello entered he saw the carving, and was so overcome with admiration that he allowed the parcels of eggs, cheese, etc., to fall on the floor. When Brunelleschi came and found him still standing before it he said : " You have spoiled everything; on what are we now to dine?" "I," answered Donatello, "have had quite dinner enough for this day.
Page 384 - He had the happy talent, among his many excellencies, of elevating the character without impairing the likeness : this was remarkable in his male heads ; and no woman ever lost any beauty by his hand ; nay, the fair often became fairer under his hand. To this he added a grace of execution all his own.
Page 503 - ... compliments. When he painted the portrait of Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse, he wrought his name on the border of her robe. The great actress conceiving it to be a piece of classic embroidery, went near to examine, and seeing the words, smiled. The artist bowed and said, " I could not lose this opportunity of sending my name to posterity on the hem of your garment.
Page 585 - Monte, and in the sprmg of life, full of enthusiasm for our art, and fancying fair prospects awaiting us in after years, it is painful to reflect how far these hopes have been from realization.
Page 8 - ... while the figure with elastic step is hastening forwards. The eye seems to shoot forth lightning ; there is an expression of contempt in the corners of the mouth ; and the distended nostrils seem to breathe forth divine anger.

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