The Vatican; Being a Brief History of the Palace, and an Account of the Principal Art Treasures Within Its Walls

The Vatican; Being a Brief History of the Palace, and an Account of the Principal Art Treasures Within Its Walls

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...her torso round in an opposite direction. Her head again is turned to look at the poets beside her. The central group of the picture is in a higher, lighter key than the sides, apparently with the intention of differentiating the celestial dwellers from mere earthborn poets. Altogether the fresco shows less feeling than the Disputa and less grandeur than the School of Athens. Yet it is perhaps more pleasing than either. Certain of the figures are, for composition purposes, out of proportion, and the Muses have too small heads for their heavy bodies. As a whole, nevertheless, it has a breadth and freedom that characterise Raphael's greatest period. With the exception of the modern retouching, it is undoubtedly wholly from his hands. Opposite, over the other window, is the allegory of Prudence, or, as it is usually called, Jurisprudence. This is the least "full" of the four great frescoes of the Camera. Prudence rests upon a pure marble plinth, while on each side of her, sitting on the platform on which are her feet, are Force and Moderation. It covers merely the arched section above the window. In spite of the gloom of the place, Raphael succeeded in getting a wonderful purity and clarity of colour. It is bright and light and gay and spontaneous, with power of line and grace of movement. Prudence, supporting herself on her left hand, is sitting sidewise, her head inclined to the left. A winged boy of lovely shape holds before her a mirror, which she steadies with her hand. Her position is majestic, and her whole outline grand and noble. A mantle hangs from one shoulder and falls about the legs, displaying only the sandalled feet. At the front of the plinth is a graceful boy, holding aloft a flaming torch. Close beside him is Moderation, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555368
  • 9781236555366