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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It is obvious that the efforts of the best poets and aesthetic writers of all nations have now for some time been directed towards what is universal in humanity.
Heinrich Heine
When one has too much to write to people, one ceases to write altogether; but necessity compels me to take up my pen today....
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Pope, when a man, looked back with contempt on the descriptive efforts of his poetic childhood. He expressly enjoined upon every one, who would not prove himself unworthy the name of poet, to abandon as early as possible this fondness for description.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Has any one at the end of the nineteenth century any distinct notion of what poets of a stronger age under-stood by the word inspiration? If not, I will describe it.
Johann Christoph Friedrich Von Schiller
But how can the artist protect himself from the corruptions of his age, which on all sides surround him? By despising its judgment.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Metaphors and similes are of great value, in so far as they explain an unknown relation by a known one.
Dante Alighieri
For some words are childish, some feminine, some manly: and of these last some are sylvan, others urban; and of those we call urban we feel that some are combed-out and glossy, some shaggy and rumpled.
Georg Brandes
He who possesses talent should also possess courage. He must dare trust his inspiration, he must be convinced that the fancy which flashes through his brain is a healthy one, that the form which comes natural to him...
Henrik Ibsen
Everything which I have created as a poet has had its origin in a frame of mind and a situation in life; I never wrote because I had, as they say, found a good subject.
August Strindberg
The final act is the most important one in a drama, and a dramatist generally begins his work at the end. We sit out a long evening at the theatre in order to see the last act or how it will go.
Fyodor Michailovitch Dostoevsky
One thing is a pity: he (Pissemsky) writes too fast. He writes much too fast, and much too much. A man should have more ambition, more respect for his talent and his craft, and more love for art.
Nikolai Vasilievitch Gogol
Thankless is the task of the writer who dares reproduce what is constantly passing before the eyes of all, unnoticed by our distracted gaze: all the disgusting little annoyances and trials of our every-day lives...
Alexander Pushkin
I imitated Shakespeare in his broad and free delineation of character. I followed Karamzin in his bright development of incident, and I endeavored to comprehend the form of thought and the style of language of those days.
Leo Tolstoi
Now it is summer, and, as usual, life fills me with transport and I forget to work. This year I have struggled for a long time, but the beauty of the world has conquered me.
Ivan Turgeniev
I feel in the vein for work, and this notwithstanding that I have left the enthusiasm of youth far behind me. I write with a calmness which astonishes me.
Byzantine School - Crucifiction And Stories Of The Passion - 13th Century
Here an expression of suffering is heightened by distortion and simplification to the point of caricature. To the medieval churchman, however, so forcible an aid to realizing the agony on the cross was desirable for religious reasons.
Byzantine School - St. John The Baptist
A false impression of medieval art, as being monotonously symmetrical, rigid and inexpressive, is held by many persons who have seen only the large formal altar-pieces and apse-mosaics.
Church Of Santa Maria del Carmine - Massaccio - The Tribute Money
For five centuries the artists of Europe have come to these frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel, to learn expressive drawing and the use of light and shade.
Fra Angelico - The Annunciation
Simple and childlike are the words most often used to describe Fra Angelico's art, and to account for its wide popular appeal.
Benozzo Gozzoli - The Journey of The Magi
The four walls of the dim little chapel are spread with a gorgeous cavalcade of kings and magi, knights and pages, horses, camels, leopards, apes and falcons, winding in an endless procession through a fabulous landscape, sauntering, gossiping and turning aside to hunt.
Giotto - The Descent From The Cross
This mature work of the principal founder of modern painting is typical in its complex, strongly unified design of masses, and in the dramatic expressiveness of its attitudes and faces.
Giotto - The Resurrection Of Lazarus
A second picture by Giotto is included, in order to suggest the variety of his designs, and also some of their limitations.
Venetian Art
Fortunately for the rest of the world, the glorious products of Venetian art in the sixteenth century are scattered to its four corners.
Titian - The Deposition
This is Titian's last work, unfinished when he died at ninety-nine. It is not striking at first sight, and one is apt to pass it by in haste to get to the brilliant Veronese in the neighboring room.
Vittore Carpaccio - The Legend Of St. Ursula
In the guise of an old legend, this series of large canvases portrays the brilliant pageantry of Venetian life at the zenith of its power and luxury.
Marco Basaiti - The Calling Of The Sons Of Zebedee
Basaiti is a little-known Venetian, follower of Carpaccio, whose works deserve attention for their distinctive power of deep-space design.
Tintoretto - The Last Supper
With the exception of color, which is better preserved in the Academy Calvary, all the outstanding qualities of Tintoretto appear in this strikingly original and complex design.
The Doges' Palace
It is chiefly for architecture and historical memories that this palace can interest the traveller. There are many large and showy paintings here, but few of high quality.
Paolo Veronese - The Rape Of Europa
This represents the last great stage of Venetian painting. It carries brilliant decoration almost but not quite to the point of mere ostentatious display.
Byzantine School - Stories Of Jesus
The influence of oriental culture, which came by way of Constantinople and through trade in luxuries with the East, was especially strong in medieval Venice.
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