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On Counting the Cost
This time while Jesus was in Perea, preaching in the towns, greater crowds than ever before were following him, claiming to believe in him as the son of David and the King of Israel. Most of these people saw that he was going toward Jerusalem, and the report went abroad among them that when he reached that city he would take the throne that had been King David's.
Seeking the Lost
The Pharisees were very careful to keep all the rules of the Jewish law, and were supposed to be very religious, because they prayed often in public places and went regularly to church. But Jesus saw that their religion was only pretended and not real, and would have nothing to do with them,except rebuke them for their sins.
The Parable of the Lost Son Found
You remember that the enemies of Jesus, the Pharisees and scribes, said of him, He gives welcome to bad men, and eats at the table with them! Jesus in answer gave a parable or story to show how God welcomes a sinner who turns from his sin and seeks his heavenly Father. This is one of the most beautiful among all the parables of Jesus. It is called The Prodigal Son.
The Parable of the Dishonest Steward
At this time Jesus gave to his disciples the parable of The Dishonest Steward. A steward is a man who takes care of any business or lands or houses belonging to another man who employs him. Jesus said : There was a rich man who had a steward who took charge of all his business. Some one told the rich man that his steward was cheating him and making a wrong use of his money.
A Parable for the Lovers of Money
Jesus knew that the Pharisees, for all their church-going and their carefulness in keeping the rules of their law, were in their hearts lovers of money, and were living for the things of this world and not for God. He gave to them a parable about a rich man who suddenly became poor, and a poor man who became rich. It is called The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.
Two Parables Upon Prayer
Jesus told his disciples a parable to show that they should always keep on praying and never be discouraged. This parable is named The Parable of the Unjust Judge. In a certain city, he said, there was a judge who in his rule did not try to do right, but was often unjust and wicked; for he had no fear of God and no care for what men said about him.
The Little Children and the Rich Young Man
While Jesus was still passing through the land of Perea, on his way to Jerusalem, at one place the fathers and mothers brought their babies to him, asking him to place his hands on their heads and speak upon them a blessing. When the disciples saw them doing this, they were not pleased.
The Workers in the Vineyard
Jesus explained by a parable what he meant in saying, Many that are first shall be last, and some that are lowest here will be the highest in God's kingdom. This parable was The Workers in the Vineyard.
Early Art In Italy
EACH great picture-gallery in the world is famous for some special reason ; the Dresden Gallery stands, in the estimation of many people, at the head of all, because it possesses the greatest picture, Raphael's Sistine Madonna ; the Pitti Palace enshrines especially the works of the Italian painters of the Golden Age; and the Luxembourg displays in its perfection all the vigour and brilliancy of the modern French school.
Giotto And His School
IT is much to be regretted that there is no attested example of the work of Giotto in the National Gallery. His name is, of course, the foremost of the fourteenth century, and he founded a school of followers which made it possible for his influence to dominate the whole art-work of the century.
The Dawning Of The Renaissance
THE climax in the ecstatic school of religious art was reached by Fra Angelico, the gentle monk, who devoted his life to art for love of his brethren, and not for temporal gain. Fra Giovanni was a man of most holy life. This simplicity, goodness, and purity are the foundation of his appeal to the hearts of all generations.
The Flowering Of The Tuscan School
THE first bud of promise for the flowering of the Tuscan school may be said to have appeared in the unique genius of Botticelli. He lived in the last half of the great fifteenth century, and antedates Michelangelo and Raphael, who dominated the full ripeness of the Golden Age.
Bolognese Sternness And Sienese Beauty
The Sienese ideal from the first was beauty; in form, colour, and sentiment, the early pictures of Siena are gratifying to the eye ; the schools of Bologna and Ferrara, on the contrary, are more strenuous, — beauty was not their aim, — they did not shrink from positive ugliness, if it were only true to nature.
From The Valley Of Umbria To The Summit Of Art
To speak broadly, Umbrian art was an art of one century. Before the fifteenth century there was little which could be called strictly Umbrian; at any rate, the school is hardly recognized before that, and after the middle of the sixteenth century it was no more considered as distinctive. Raphael was the culmination of the school of Umbria, and his influence spread more in Rome than it did in his native province.
The Spell Of The Lagoons
WHILE Venetian art was doubtless greatly influenced by Padua, where the gifted teacher, Squarcione, had his brilliant school, there was some native employment of the art of painting prior to the time when Crivelli and Mantegna came to perpetuate their ideas, and to make possible the growth of the greatest colour-school of any land.
Lombardy And The Decadence
THE first name which greets us in the school of Lombardy is that of Vincenzo Foppa, who lived during the latter part of the fifteenth century, dying in the same year that Columbus made his voyage to America. The picture by him, No. 729, is careful, original, and thoughtful.
Early Art Of The Netherlands And Germany
ART developed late in the northern countries. Not until after the days of Giotto in Italy was there any painting of significance in Germany or in the Netherlands. The first German art was in the Carlovingian period, when it took rather the form of a craft, displaying itself principally in well-shaped vessels and utensils in clay and bronze.
Later Flemish And German Masters
UNTIL this year there has been a very serious gap in the chain of artistic succession in the London gallery; there was no example of the work of the greatest German of all — Albrecht Durer. No. 1938, however, was purchased for the sum of ten thousand pounds, and there is every reason to believe it to be painted by the master.
Rembrandt And The Dutchmen
MR. HENRY HAVARD has made what at first sounds like an extreme statement regarding Dutch art. He says that there is no such thing as a Dutch school. As he points out, Dutch painting exists, — and exists in great profusion, — but as for a school of art, handed down from master to pupil, — this really has been denied to the Dutchmen.
Spanish Artists In London
THE work of the Spanish school is not very fully displayed in the National Gallery. One can hardly follow the history of the art of that nation by a study of its masters here; but, by taking the few examples chronologically, it is possible to arrive at some idea of the progress of painting in Spain.
French Pictures In The British Collection
FRENCH painting, like the Spanish, sprang from miniature beginnings, dotting itself about like gleaming gems in creamy, illuminated volumes, through the earlier centuries, not developing into actual pictorial form until the sixteenth century. The earliest examples in the National Gallery are an archaic Madonna, by an unknown hand, No. 1335, not remarkable for anything except priority, and two stiff panels by a little-known artist, Marmion, Nos. 1302 and 1303.
Beginnings Of The British School
IN 1855 a collection of English paintings was sent to Paris for the International Exhibition. They proved a revelation to the Frenchmen. Ah! they cried, there are only two schools of painting, — ours and yours ! Other schools are founded on ours; yours is an original school!
Reynolds And Gainsborough
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS was the son of a clergy-man. He was born in Devonshire in 1723. He spent his study-hours while a child in sketching, calling down upon himself the condemnation of an outraged, though secretly proud, father.
Early Nineteenth Century In England
THE British school, as will be seen, developed its own ideals and standards. A certain mellow quality in colouring, at least among its earlier pictures, is observable ; in this quality it is allied to the old masters rather than to modern open-air impressionism. Sir George Beaumont used to say : A good picture, like a good fiddle, should be brown.
Late British Painters
WE will glance now at the pictures of the Norwich school, an interesting side-issue of British art, quite by itself, and dominated by its own peculiarities.
The Blind Man At the Gate
Six miles from the river Jordan, on the west, stood Jericho, toward which Jesus came with a great crowd of people around him. As he drew near Jericho, a blind man was seated beside the gate, begging for the small coins of those who passed by. This blind man's name was Bartimeus, a word which means the son of Timeus.
In the Rich Man's Home at Jerricho
But blind Bartimeus was not the only man in Jericho who was eager to meet Jesus. In that city was living a very rich man named Zacceus, who was the head of all the tax collectors in that part of the country. He had heard that Jesus was unlike other Jews, in being friendly toward the tax gatherers, and he greatly desired to see him.
The Alabaster Jar
From Jericho to Jerusalem was a journey of fifteen miles up the mountains by a very steep road; a road often dangerous on account of the robbers who were hidden among the rocks by the wayside. But at the time of the Passover when thousands of people were going up to the feast, it was safe, through the crowds traveling together.
Palm Sunday
The news that Jesus was at Bethany went abroad, and very soon the village was thronged with people eager to see him. Many of these were men who had come from the country up to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover; and most of them were ready to believe in Jesus as the Christ, the promised King of Israel.
Monday On the Mount in the Temple
After the royal coming of Jesus to the city and the Temple, on the next morning—which was Monday—Jesus left Bethany very early, without waiting for his breakfast, and with his twelve disciples walked over the Mount of Olives toward Jerusalem. The walk and the early morning air made him hungry, and seeing a fig tree covered with green leaves in a field near the road, he went to it, hoping to find some figs upon it.
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