Giotto

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Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1880 - 146 pages
 

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Page 68 - These temples grew as grows the grass; Art might obey, but not surpass. The passive Master lent his hand To the vast soul that o'er him planned ; And the same power that reared the shrine Bestrode the tribes that knelt within.
Page 53 - Paint us an angel, if you can, with a floating violet robe, and a face paled by the celestial light; paint us yet oftener a Madonna, turning her mild face upward and opening her arms to welcome the divine glory...
Page 42 - ... tufted irregularly with ilex and olive ; a scene not sublime, for its forms are subdued and low ; not desolate, for its valleys are full of sown fields and tended pastures ; not rich nor lovely, but sunburnt and sorrowful...
Page 36 - ... old painters, that whilst Cimabue was painting this picture in a garden near the gate of San Pietro, King Charles the Elder, of Anjou, passed through Florence, and the authorities of the city, among other marks of respect, conducted him to see the picture of Cimabue. When this work was...
Page 59 - The first pictures of Giotto were painted for the chapel of the High Altar, in the Abbey of Florence, where he executed many works considered extremely fine.-)- Among these, an Annunciation is particularly admired ; the expression of fear and astonishment in the countenance of the Virgin, when receiving the salutation of Gabriel, is vividly depicted ; she appears to suffer the extremity of terror, and seems almost ready to take flight.
Page 37 - Know that you cannot learn to paint in less time than that which I shall name to you. In the first place, you must study drawing for at least one year ; then you must remain with a master at the workshop for the space of six years at least, that you may learn all the parts and members of the art — to grind colours, to boil down glues, to grind plaster...
Page 53 - Madonna, turning her mild face upward and opening her arms to welcome the divine glory; but do not impose on us any aesthetic rules which shall banish from the region of Art those old women scraping carrots with their work-worn hands, those heavy clowns taking holiday in a dingy pot-house, those rounded backs and stupid weather-beaten faces that have bent over the spade and done the rough work of the world those homes with their tin pans, their brown pitchers, their rough curs, and their clusters...
Page 112 - These characteristics occur more or less in different buildings, some in one and some in another. But all together, and all in their highest possible relative degrees, they exist, as far as I know, only in one building in the world, the Campanile of Giotto at Florence.
Page 80 - ... the greetings of innocence and love wheresoever the breeze may waft us. There is in truth a holy purity, an innocent naivete, a child-like grace and simplicity, a freshness, a fearlessness, an utter freedom from affectation, a yearning after all things truthful, lovely and of good report...

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