A New History of Painting in Italy: From the II to the XVI Century, Volume 1

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Page 202 - And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks. And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow ; and his eyes were as a flame of fire ; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace ; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Page 236 - And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
Page 289 - Jabal, the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle, lifts the curtain of his tent to look out upon his flock. His dog watches it. 5. Jubal, the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Page 103 - Septentrional, is a statue of the Virgin crushing the dragon. In the tympan above are the Nativity, the Adoration of the Wise Men, the Presentation in the Temple, the Massacre of the Innocents, the Flight into Egypt, and five scenes of the Deliverance of Demoniacs. Above sits a monarch presenting a sealed volume to suppliants kneeling. The Porte Rouge is surmounted by a triangular canopy.
Page 72 - A straggling beard, and a downy upper lip complete a far more pleasing portrait of brother Francis than those which in hundreds, at a later time, were placed in every monastery and convent of the Order. A miniature kneeling figure of a donor at the monk's feet seems to have been added at a later time. It is remarkable that...
Page 262 - Messer Forese was of short stature and deformed ; his face and nose were flat ; yet he was so perfectly versed in the study of the law that he was considered by many as a well of knowledge. Giotto was a man of such genius that nothing was ever created that he did not reproduce with the stile, the pen, or the pencil, so 'as not merely to imitate but to appear nature itself.
Page 9 - There are indeed but three edifices in Italy that contain mosaics of the fourth century, and these are so damaged that very little of the original remains. Those of the Baptistery built at Rome by Constantine in the fourth century, and now called Santa Costanza, leave little doubt as to the time when they were executed. Here the more essentially pagan peculiarities of the early centuries were curiously marked.
Page 258 - Vasari describes as accompanying the name of the painter having disappeared,4 no doubt, when the five panels composing it were set in a new ornament by which part of the central one was shortened at the summit.5 No traveller to Florence will have failed to visit Santa Croce or to study the Baroncelli altarpiece. It was long a standing piece for the critics of Giotto's style. It will therefore be needless minutely to describe the beauties of the principal group, the Saviour crowning the Virgin, or...
Page 259 - Let the student mark also how admirably the idea of a heavenly choir is rendered; how intent the choristers on their canticles, the players on their melody, how quiet, yet how full of purpose , how characteristic and expressive are the faces ; how appropriate the grave intentness and tender sentiment of some angels ; how correct the action and movements of others ; how grave yet how ardent are the saints, how admirably balanced the groups ( C.
Page 123 - There are, besides, thirteen other lines •which I do not give here, that the reader may be the less wearied, and likewise because these suffice to show, not only that...

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