Raphael; His Life and Works. with Particular Reference to Recently Discovered Records, and an Exhaustive Study of Extant Drawings and Pictures Volume 2

Raphael; His Life and Works. with Particular Reference to Recently Discovered Records, and an Exhaustive Study of Extant Drawings and Pictures Volume 2

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...that of Michaelangelo.--Madonna di San Sisto.--Was it the Cardinal of San Sisto who ordered it?--His portrait.--The St. Cecilia and Cardinal Pucci.--Fornarina.--The Vision of Ezechiel.--The Spasimo di Sicilia. Eaphael's fame as an architect is obscured by bis renown as a painter. His genius was acknowledged in the cartoons and frescos of the Vatican, but feeblv asserted in the building of St. Peter's. The labour which he gave to the first was much more fruitful of results than that which he spent on the second. The slow progress which he made in rearing the basilica may be judged from a background in the fresco of the "Coronation of Charlemagne," where the square of the dome is depicted, with the high altar protected from the weather by hangings and a papal throne screened with arras from the wind. The temporary character of the arrangement is shown by the draped hoarding round the space in which Leo X. receives the homage of Francis I. It is clear that two most important things had been lacking at St. Peter's--money and materials. To remedy these defects Leo caused Bembo to draft a brief which authorized Raphael to inspect and purchase all the marbles of old buildings and ruins above and below the ground within a radius of ten miles from the city. The advantages which this brief secured were very great. They gave Eaphael facilities to study classic examples. They made an examination of ancient remains comparatively easy; and those who might be privileged to accompany him would naturally possess an "Open Sesame" which no other authority could supply. Bembo cleverly embraced the opportunity to share the benefits so temptingly placed within his reach. He joined the master in his rounds of inspection, one meeting led to another, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 345g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236579887
  • 9781236579881