Studies by Members of the Department of English Volume 2-3

Studies by Members of the Department of English Volume 2-3

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...spent together at Florence. 'Letters of Charles Eliot Norton, 1: 894. "The italics are mine. beauty manifest itself as unapproachable in its kind. Lippi is as sincere a monk as Fra Angelico, and he is a much stronger painter.' These are, of course, some of the Lippi paintings which Norton showed Ruskin at Florence. It will be noted that the first, the Annunciation, is one of the two which Norton described as "my favorite Filippo Lippis," the companion to the Coronation of the Virgin. Thus Ruskin not only came to agree with Norton about Lippi's works in general, but even about Norton 's "favorite Lippis" in particular. One of the most interesting examples of Norton 's influence on Ruskin is the case of Ruskin's heretical lecture on Michael Angelo. In 1870, as we have seen, Norton was in Italy studying art. From Florence, under date of March 31, he wrote Ruskin a letter' which expressed some of the most unorthodox opinions concerning Michael Angelo. Six months later Ruskin was working on his autumn course of Oxford lectures. He then thought enough of the Michael Angelo letter to write Norton of its helpfulness; and this despite the fact that a score of letters had passed between them in the meantime. He said: "A letter you sent me in March on Michael Angelo is of great value."' The influence of this letter of Norton 's is seen unmistakably in one of the lectures of that year----thc one on Michael Angelo, which was the last of the autumn course, and was not given until the succeeding summer. Compare the following excerpts from the letter and from this lecture. Michael Angelo's inability to express himself: Norton's letter: Mainly I have been...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839765
  • 9781236839763