A New History of Painting in Italy, from the II to the XVI Century Volume 1

A New History of Painting in Italy, from the II to the XVI Century Volume 1

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...obliterated. Between the two windows, a winged angel, with a palm and book, is depicted, at the foot of which, on a scroll, was an inscription now illegible, bolow whieh, on a border, another inscription was placed, of which the words "Hoc Opus..." still remain. In the sides of the windows are painted shields of arms, and roses; and in the key of one, a head of the Saviour. The vaulted ceiling is divided into four parts, framed in the same ornament as the rest, interrupted by lozenges in which figures of angels, now almost gone, were depicted. In the centre, the Lamb stands on an altar supported by two hippogriffs, and around it aro tho symbols of the Four Evangelists. The ceiling was painted bluo with gold stars, but is now white, the bluo having fallen out. In ono of the lozenges is still an angel holding a consor. Gianozzo Manetti, in his Specimen Histories, Filippo Villani, and Vasari concur in stating that the chapel was painted hy Giotto, and that in it were portraits of Dante Alighicri, Brunetto Latini, and Corso Donati. Villani adds that Giotto's own portrait was there, executed by himself "alio specchio." But this evidence is almost superfluous to any visitor of the chapel itself who is acquainted with the style of the master. In the first scene which adorns the side walls, S. Mary of Egypt kneels and receives the blessing of Bishop Zosimus enthroned in a church. Fragments of four other figures still remain.1 In the Communion, the Saint may be seen kneeling before Zosimus extending to her the wafer of the host and holding the cup. A figure on the right bears a taper.2 In the "Noli me tangere the upper part of the Magdalen, the lower part of the Saviour remain,3 but from the movement of the former's head and its...show more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236605152
  • 9781236605153