The Travels of Theodore Ducas in Various Countries in Europe; At the Revival of Letters and Art. Italy Volume 1, No. 1

The Travels of Theodore Ducas in Various Countries in Europe; At the Revival of Letters and Art. Italy Volume 1, No. 1

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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. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...a quelle prime Sciocchezze intesi, ora il pensier. mi toglie, La colpa palesando, il duolo interno. PAINTING. Or the state of painting at Naples I have not much to relate. In no period of history has the art been entirely extinct in that city; for, as;I have already said respecting the history of letters in Naples, the 'civilization which Greece introduced into southern Italy has never been effaced. Grecian vases and medals were always before 'the eyes of Neapolitan artists. I could not discover, however, in the palaces or churches any paintings anterior to the time of Cimabue. The earliest patrons of art were the two Charles's, sovereigns of Naples, of the house of Anjou. The eldest of these princes saw the works of Cimabue at Florence, and was, therefore, stimulated to encourage Tommaso de Stefani, a Nea politan painter. Still, however, imitation of foreign masters, and not original native genius, marked the artists of Naples. Giotto, the cele brated Florentine, was invited by King Robert to Naples, and he leftin the city many memorials of his genius. Antonio Solario, or Zingaro, was an artist of great merit; he lived in'the first half of the fifteenth century. The history, or perhaps the romance of his life, tellsus that he directed his genius to painting, in order to obtain the hand of his mistress, whose father, Colantonio del'Fiore, 'an artist, declared that he would bestow her only upon a painter. In ten years study in most of the Italian cities, Zingaro laid the foundations of his happiness and fame. His love was blessed, and he became an artist of celebrity. His most famous works are in the convent of St. Severino; they represent the life of San Benedetto; they are in fresco, and contain an incredible...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123678748X
  • 9781236787484