The Studio Volume 35

The Studio Volume 35

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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: ...the companions of Lorenzo dei Medici attempting to throw the physician Pier Leoni into the well, he having been accused, on the death of their patron, of having poisoned him. Watts has reconstructed the scene for us, using asa model the inner courtyard, where the stone wall and the two pilasters, which are perhaps the most ancient portions of the villa, are to be seen at the present day. We owe it to Miss Julia Cartwright that the painting was identified as the work of G. F. Watts. In a very minute and elaborate description of Careggi, published only a few years ago, it was attributed to the school of Vasari! But, indeed, though certain reddish tones in the flesh and muscles might suggest that style, the central group is so firmly handled and so life-like that it bears decided evidence of modem feeling. On the other hand, the side figures remind us of Andrea del Sarto, both in pose and colouring. It is certain that if the youthful artist did not copy the old Florentine masters, he was at any rate trying to study the secrets of their pictorial methods. He must have made careful observations in the cloister of the Santissima Annunziata. The fresco in its present state is also of interest for another reason: it does not exhibit that love of purple which Watts afterwards showed so markedly, manifesting thereby his athnity with the great Venetians of the a'nquecenlo--Titian above all--as he himself said to me in August, r901, when, through the courtesy of the Editor of THE STUDIO, I was enabled to visit the famous master at Limnerslease, and when he personally assured me that the fresco at Careggi was his own work. FROM THE FRESCO BY G. F. WATTS REVIEWS. Methode de Comifiasilion Ornamentale. By Euoamz GRASSET. 2 vols. (Paris: Librairie...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123683285X
  • 9781236832856