The Road in Tuscany; A Commentary

The Road in Tuscany; A Commentary

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... a gooseberry bush. Then there was Burlamacchi. Burlamacchi was to Cosimo Primo what a zabajone would be to a hearty eater; or it was as if a staid housewife should suddenly determine to play the romp. Burlamacchi said too much and did too little, scandalised his neighbours and estranged the lovers of his virtuous hours. Of such were the disastrous divagations of Lucca from the golden mean. To clench the argument, you shall try her in the arts. Matteo Civitale is the glory of the Lucchesi, their only artist of consequence, and their condemnation. Compare him no more highly than with Mino of Fiesole, you will find him an industrious, dull dog. He knows the rules, but not how to break them; he rubs away at his marbles, smoothing out the very character of the fine stone. He sets his putti holding shields, or clinging about the horns of an altar; he tries to give them a cock of the head in Desiderio's manner, urges them to straddle their legs like Mino's pert bimbi, throws up Sebastian's chin that he may seem to languish under arrows. All to no purpose; he might as well have done wax-works. Ten paces from his altar in the church is Della Quercia's Ilaria--all woman in a dead girl. The diligent, sober, docile Lucchesi! Now see wherein they excelled--just exactly where Giotto did not, according to Sacchetti's salted story. Call to your mind John Arnolfini and his wife, as Van Eyck saw and pictured them once in Bruges, amid much domestic dignity and promise. This composed, smooth-faced, sedate, wise man was of Lucca, and shall be my chosen emblem of his nation's virtues. Set beside him whom you will from Florence. Van der Goes did a Portinari for Santa Maria Nuova. If you go to the Uffizii to see it, you will find in the same gallery the founder of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236573676
  • 9781236573674