Masters in Art Volume 1-3

Masters in Art Volume 1-3

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...or reaction. Angels and warriors and saints and sibyls stand separate, the one never touching the other, each alone against the pale greenish background. The very bodies seem reduced to the least possible. It is the embodiment, with only as little body as is absolutely required, of a soul; and that soul simplified, rarified into only one condition of being, --beatitude of contemplation. And as the bodies are separate, isolated from all physical objects, so is the soul: it touches no other human soul, touches no earthly interest; it is alone, motionless; space and time and change have ceased for it; contemplating, absorbing for all eternity that which the eye cannot see, nor the hand touch, nor the will influence, --the mysterious, the ineffable. Are they really saints and angels, and prophets and sibyls? Surely not--for all such act or suffer; for each of these there is a local habitation, and a definite duty. These strange creatures of Perugino's are not supernatural beings in the same sense as are those robed in the iridescent, impalpable glory of Fra Angelico; or those others, clothed in more than human muscle and sinew, of the vault of the Sistine Chapel. What are they? Not visions become concrete, but the act of vision personified. They are not the objects of religious feeling; they are its most abstract, intense reality. Yes, they are reality. They are no far-fetched fancies of the artist. They are the souls and soul-saturated, soul-molded bodies which he saw around him. For in that Umbria of the dying fifteenth century--where the old cities, their old freedom and industry and commerce well-nigh dwindled to nothing, had shrunk, each on its mountain-side, into mere huge barracks of mercenary troopers or strongholds of military bandit...
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236820452
  • 9781236820457