History of Ancient, Early Christian, and Mediaeval Painting

History of Ancient, Early Christian, and Mediaeval Painting

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...it is in his manner too that there is no common purpose uniting the figures of the composition; they simply stand two and two; but the portraits are immeasurably more living than degli Franceschi's. Although all the authenticated works by Melozzo are frescoes, we are probably safe in attributing to him a series of easel pictures that were executed for Federigo di Montefeltre. There may originally have been twelve, but only three are extant, one in the Berlin Museum and two in the National Gallery.52 In each of these a dignified female figure is represented sitting on a throne; one of those in London clearly represents Music, and the others are personifications of the Liberal Arts. In front of each kneels a portrait figure taking a book from the hand of the enthroned female; in that at Berlin the duke himself is thus represented, and his name and title are inscribed on the frieze of all three. A vork of very similar character is in the Queen's gallery at V-'indsor; this, too, came from the palace at Urbino; the duke enthroned and his son Guidobaldi with asuite are listening to a reader who holds a book. Her Majesty lent it for exhibition in 1876. The youth looks about eight years old, and the picture may therefore have been painted about 1480, not long before Duke Federigo's death in 1482. His best pupil was./llarco Pnl1m:: zau0 da F0rli, 'who worked with his master on the frescoes in the Chapel of S. Biagio at Forli, but was more successful in architecture and ornament than in figures. He, too, attempted effects of perspective as seen from below. He painted many easel pictures, which are dated even so late as 1537. Besides several which exist in his native city, there are examples in the Brera, at Berlin--a half-length of Christ...show more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948238
  • 9781236948236