The Renaissance in Italian Art Volume 2

The Renaissance in Italian Art 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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...worked out "his "idea of a woman who had long lived upon the coarsest and "scantiest food, and snatched weary slumbers upon the hard "rock that served her as a place of penitence and prayer." We know, too, Brunelleschiis candid criticism of a figure of Christ which Donatello had shown him. "You have crucified a rustic!" he had observed; and, indeed in their efforts to grasp the structure of the body the artists of this period were often apt to copy too faithfully their modelis defects. T, uca della llobbia, 1400-83. Examples. A more spiritual beauty, and at least more directly religious in its sentiment, dwells in the work of his contemporary, Luca della Eobbia, whose life embraced the first 80 years of the 15th century. Apprenticed in his youth to a goldsmith, it was not till he had reached maturity in his art that he produced those groups of dancing children and choristers which still delight us in the Opera del Duomo; restraining himself in his terra-cotta work to the simplest effects of colour, to pure white on pale blue, he has produced within those limits results which are incomparably exquisite in their utterance of expression. His work, indeed, is emotional in the sweetest, and yet the very subtlest way; like the still, sunlit quietness of some Tuscan morning of spring-time, even so the radiance of the happy Christian soul seems to dwell in the sweet profiles of his Madonnas. Among his work we might, indeed, include those delicious figures of children, naked, or sometimes yet wrapped in their swaddling clothes, which adorn the Hospital of the Innocents in the Piazza delli Annunziata of Florence, though these are more probably to be attributed to Lucais nephew, Andrea della Robbia; but, indeed, Andrea, as...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502019
  • 9781236502018