The Painting of the Renascence

The Painting of the Renascence

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... Middle Ages, but demoniacal human creatures, in some cases with horns and bats' wings--wreak their hatred on the sinners who are delivered over to them The crowded mass is amazing for the completeness of each group in itself; the ingenuity of invention culminates in the incident borrowed by Michael Angelo for his Last Judgment--a devil flying down with a woman on his back. Never perhaps in art has the human figure been made to express such frenzy, energy, and passion; only the three avenging angels at the top are represented in the earlier style as heavenly guards, and compelled to dignity of action. In the opposite picture we see the redeemed souls, also naked, but full of fervour and thankfulness, less vehement, but free and noble in their movements. Above them lovely youthful angels soar or sit singing, playing, and holding flowers in their hands to crown the elect. The pictures are divided by pilasters and a beautifully designed frieze with medallions of subjects from the Bible, the Divina Commedia, and the ancient poets, whose heads are also introduced with that of Dante, to whom the painter owed his inspiration. Viewing this great work as a whole, the colouring is what is least satisfactory, the modelling and execution are masterly, but the general effect is not harmonious and the hot carnations are unpleasantly prominent; the drawing, composition, and grand purpose of the work are, however, beyond all praise. Nothing that even Signorelli himself had previously done could compare with this amazing display of the nude in every variety of action and attitude. The Florentines had reproduced reality; the Umbrians had painted with tender and ecstatic devotion; but Signorelli had found something to which they had not led the way, and revealed more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236631900
  • 9781236631909