The Story of the Greatest Nations; From the Dawn of History to the Twentieth Century

The Story of the Greatest Nations; From the Dawn of History to the Twentieth Century : A Comprehensive History Founded Upon the Leading Authorities, Including a Complete Chronology of the World and a Pronouncing Vocabulary of Volume . 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... his talent was discouraged by his father, a poor but proud citizen of Florence, who opposed his son's following a profession then considered inferior. But the lad's persistence attracted the attention of the magnificent Lorenzo, who placed him in his school and made him his friend. At Lorenzo's command he made beautiful statues. But Lorenzo died, and the critics of art would enthuse only over ancient work. Michael-Angelo made a beautiful Cupid, buried it, and then sent it all dirty to Rome. Every one was delighted with the supposed antique; and when the artifice was discovered, they admitted that a great sculptor had risen in their own day. He worked at Rome, and then again at Florence. Two great pictures were wanted for the walls of the grand Florentine Council Hall. Angelo now stood forth as a painter, and was commissioned to paint one wall, while Leonardo da Vinci, the leading artist of the time, painted the other. A fierce rivalry arose, and Angelo's picture was adjudged the better of the two. Pope Julius called him again to Rome, to beautify that city as architect and sculptor. Then, on a sudden whim, the Pope bade him paint instead of build Angelo pleaded that he was a sculptor, not a painter, and urged his young rival Raphael for the work. But the Pope was obdurate, and Angelo executed the paintings of the wonderful Sistine Chapel. The next Pope set him at sculpture again in Florence, but insisted on his using a certain marble which had to be hauled far, over bad roads. So the great artist turned road-maker, and for eight years that seems to have been his main employment. Then, he became a military engineer, fortified Florence against a terrible siege, and was foremost in his city's defence. On its capture he was forced to more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236777174
  • 9781236777171