Giotto

Giotto

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...the choice would fall, now shows himself worthy to have been chosen, and, though all eyes are upon him, he stands before the Virgin in perfect self-possession. The priest who joins their hands looks upon him with a fatherly affection, and the same feeling--though here tinged slightly with "sentiment "--appears in the noble features of his companion behind. The rejected suitors are present at the betrothal, and it is characteristic of Giotto that their base, but natural, emotions of hatred, disgust, and scorn, are H faithfully rendered without any fear of intrusion upon the principal subject. The action he devised for two of them was invariably repeated by all succeeding artists. The first breaks his rod across his knee, the second advances stealthily to strike S. Joseph from behind: his attitude seems ineffective, until it is realised that his object is to conceal the intended assault; it is for this reason that he holds his cloak together, and keeps his raised hand near his face. The attitude of the Virgin is full of grace and dignity, and the treatment of her sweeping train only less beautiful than in the next fresco. It will be observed that she folds her left arm upon her waist with a calm purposeful serenity, and keeps her eyes upon the ground, not in maidenly timidity, but because the passing ceremony is not the chief matter of her thought. 12. The Viegin Returns Home. This fresco shows how, "the usual ceremonies of betrothing being over, the Virgin of the Lord, Mary, with seven other virgins of the same age, who had been weaned at the same time, and who had been appointed to attend her by the priest, returned to her parents' house in Galilee." Ruskin regards this fresco as " of all the compositions in the Arena...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236651243
  • 9781236651242