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An Afternoon At Coppet
LIKE Hawthorne, our first feeling upon returning to Switzerland, after our sojourn in Italy, was of a certain chill and austerity in the atmosphere, a lack of heartiness, in sharp contrast to the rich feast of beauty, the warm color and compelling charm of Italian towns. This impression was accentuated by the fact that it rained yesterday at Lausanne and that we reached Geneva in the rain.
En Route For Touraine
WE STOPPED at this interesting old town last night in order to break the long journey from Geneva to Paris. Dijon, which has only been to us a station to stop in long enough to change trains and to look upon longingly from the car windows, proves upon closer acquaintance to be a town of great interest.
In And Around Tours
WE SET forth this morning on a voyage of discovery, and on foot, which is the only satisfactory way to explore this old town, with its winding streets and quaint byways and corners. Our first visit was to the church of St. Martin of Tours, in the Rue des Halles, which brought with it some disappointment, as instead of a building so old that no one can give its date, we found a fine new church, in whose crypt are the remains of St. Martin.
Langeais And Azay-le-rideau
WHEN we started toward Langeais this afternoon we were pleased to think that our way was much the same as that which Félix took in search of his Lily of the Valley. The Loire lay before us just as he described it.
Two Queens At Amboise
THIS morning we spent at the Château of Amboise, which we reached by crossing two bridges over the Loire, as the wide river is divided at this point by the Isle St. Jean. None of all these beautiful royal castles owes more to the Loire than Amboise.
A Battle Royal Of Dames
This being a beautiful day, and the sun-shine more brilliant than is usual on a September morning in this region, we unanimously agreed to dedicate its hours to one of the most interesting of the neighboring châteaux. The really most important question upon which we were not unanimous was whether Chenonceaux or Chinon should be the goal of our pilgrimage.
A Fair Prison
WALTER has been triumphing over me because, even after his unseemly behavior yesterday, M. La Tour has formed a sudden attachment for him which is so strong that he insisted upon staying over to go with us to Loches this afternoon. He says that we may miss some of the most interesting points there if left to the tender mercies of the guides, who often dwell upon the least important things.
Compensations
This most unpromising day is our one opportunity to see Chinon, and as luck will have it Miss Cassandra is laid up in lavender, with a crick in her back, the result, she says, of her imprisonment at Loches yesterday, and what would have become of her, she adds, if she had sojourned there eight or nine long years like poor Ludovico.
The Romance Of Blois
WALTER and Archie have elected to spend a part of this afternoon in the Daniel Dupuis Museum, over whose treasures, in the form of engraved medals, they are quite enthusiastic. We women folk, left to our own devices, wandered at will through the first floor rooms and halls of the Château of Blois.
Three Chateaux
THIS has been a golden day of pure delight, with a brilliant sunshine from early morn to dewy eve, and a cool, refreshing air, an altogether ideal day for our prolonged visitations among the châteaux around Blois .
Chinon And Fontevrault
FATE certainly seemed to be against my seeing Chinon today, as we awoke this morning to hear the rain pattering against our windows. A rather disconsolate party, we gathered around the table for the breakfast, which we had ordered an hour earlier, in order to make the day as long as possible.
Angers
WE were glad to have our first view of Angers by daylight, as the dark slate roofs and the great black château in the old part of the town, made us understand what Shakespeare meant when he wrote of black Angiers.
Orleans And Its Maid
François did not know the way to the historic shrine, which is evidently neglected by English and American pilgrims; but by making inquiries he found it without much trouble. We saw the outside of the little château and what interested us especially, the inscription over the gateway which relates that this Manoir of Vignole-Souzay, formerly Dampierre, was the refuge of the heroine of the War of the Roses, Marguerite of Anjou and Lancaster, Queen of England, the most unfortunate of queens, wives and mothers, who died here the 25th of April, 1482, aged fifty-three years.
A Chateau Fete
WE found Angela eagerly awaiting us when we reached our destination, and I must admit still more eagerly awaiting another arrival, as Mr. Mclvor was expected by a train due here later than ours. Since she had been with his Scotch and English relatives, Angela insists upon having her fiancé called Mr. Mclvor, as that is the custom in his own country.
The Importance Of Velasquez In The History Of Painting
WHEN one speaks of Velasquez, it must be remembered that his influence upon art is still young. His genius slumbered for two hundred years, till the sympathy of one or two great artists broke the spell and showed us the true enchanter of realism, shaping himself from a cloud of misapprehension.
Velasquez - His Surroundings In Spain
TRAVELLING in Spain, after all, is not so bad as many would have it. Neither are the trains so slow and so dangerous, nor the food and wine so unpalatable, as they have been reported, while the approach to Madrid must take you through the scenery of Velasquez's pictures.
Velasquez - Periods Of His Life And Work
BY 1599, the year Velasquez was born, his native place Seville had reached the height of its fortunes, and was about to decline from its renowned position as the capital of all the merchants in the world. The site was built upon by successive civilisations--- Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance; so that Seville was truly both an essentially Oriental city and a very Catholic city.
Velasquez - The Three Stages Of His Art
TRUSTING to report, and to the evidence of reproductions, I expected to find The Surrender of Breda (1060) the finest Velasquez in the Prado. So I might have thought, if the painter's natural gift had been less explicitly set forth, if he had never lived to paint Las Meninas, The Spinners, Moenippus, and Maria Teresa (1084, Prado).
Velasquez - The Dignity Of Technique
IT is not the lover of pictures, but the devotee of his own spiritual emotions who needs to be told that tech-nique is art ; that it is as inseparable from art as features from facial expression, as body from soul in a world where force and matter seem inextricably entangled.
Composition Of Velasquez
WHEN he composed a picture Velasquez no longer relied altogether upon the arrangement by line or by colour blocks of the older masters; and when he drew anything it was not according to rule of thumb, canon of proportion, or even according to the later acquired knowledge of anatomy.
Velasquez - His Colour
PERSONAL taste counts for much in the whole field of art, and nowhere so much as in colour. Whether we think of the painter or the onlooker, whether we think of making or admiring a picture, it is equally impossible to lay down hard and fast rules of practice, and to discriminate between good and bad with scientific certainty.
Velasquez - His Modelling And Brushwork
WHILE speaking of colour one has gone some way towards describing the office of modelling ; but there remains a little to say about this important subject. Modelling is the basis of the art of painting, the master-trick of the craft.
Velasquez - Notes On Some Of His Pictures
A FEW pictures may be mentioned as examples of his differences of treatment at various times of his life and in the service of various kinds of impression.
Velasquez - His Relation To Older Art
To the eye of the historian, Velasquez may seem to grow out of the main stem of art ; he may appear to have his place in the orderly development of the history of painting. To the eye of the sympathetic modern painter, he seems an explosion of personality as disconnected with the art that immediately followed him as with that which preceded him.
Velasquez - His Influence Upon Recent Art
To see the Prado is to modify one's opinion of the novelty of recent art. Landscape and landscape with figure may be more independent of the past, but figure painting certainly owes much to Velasquez. Whether directly or indirectly, whether consciously or unconsciously, artists have decided after half-a-century of exploration to follow the path of Velasquez.
Tintoretto - The Man
IT is a familiar complaint that we know but little of the lives of many of our greatest geniuses. But in general it is because we pursue a chimaera, forgetting how different are the actions which fill the life-hours of statesman and warrior, poet and artistIn the case of Jacopo Robusti, detto il Tintoretto, we may be said to know how most of the hours of his life were spent.
Tintoretto - The Morning Of Impressionism
THERE is a sense in which we may say that all Art is Impressionism. It is certainly the function of all Art to convey an impression of some kind. Yet the word as at present used has a certain specific sense, and, although somewhat vague, is not entirely void of definite meaning.
Tintoretto's Pictures : Their Condition And Preservation. Earlier Work.
ANYONE studying Tintoretto's work must have been struck by the deplorable condition in which it is found. Although Tintoretto is one of the last of the great Italians, and the hand of time should there-fore have been laid less heavily on his work, nevertheless his pictures are among those that have suffered most.
Titian And Tintoretto
It has been too often the rule to give to Titian all the honour which he should share with his contemporaries. It is doubtful whether Titian did not himself directly owe much to Giorgione, and in any case it is incorrect to attribute Tintoretto's mastery to the direct teaching of Titian, or even to any marked extent to his indirect influence.
Tintoretto - Great Works In Venice
TINTORETTO was perhaps the most prolific artist that the world has seen. When we take into consideration the numerous large frescoes by his hand, every one of which has perished, and then consider the enormous number of pictures that are actually extant to-day, besides the many that have been burnt or lost, it becomes a wonder that they were all executed within a single lifetime.
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