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Tintoretto - Colour, Drawing, And Composition
TO no painter save to Jacopo Robusti has it been given to lay claim to be the world's greatest exponent in each of the three departments of Colour, Drawing, and Composition.
Tintoretto - S. Rocco
ABOUT the year 1559 Robusti began his connection with the brotherhood of S. Rocco, painting for them in the chapel of the order. Some of the pictures there are worthy to rank with his highest efforts but for the most part they are not easy to see, and the lighting of them is exceedingly bad.
Tintoretto - His Legacy
IN the year 1594, on the 31st day of May, Robusti's work was finished, and he was laid to rest in the tomb of his father-in-law, Marco de' Vescovi, in the church of Madonna dell' Orto ; and with him the last and the greatest of the line of the mighty painters of Venice came to an end.
French Perspectives - Curious Company
The Paris you Americans like to think you have learned in hotels near the Boulevards, in Neuilly schoolrooms, or even in the ateliers, is far from being the Paris of the Parisians...
French Perspectives - Standards Of A Bourgeois Family
The Ravignacs, looking facts in the face, had accepted in theory the necessity of pensionnaires, and my semi-invalidism went far to make the first practical application of the theory endurable to Mme. Ravignac. But neither I nor the two or three other American girls who soon made their appearance at the old house can have realized, at the time, the cost to a family of this type — a family of bourgeois and intellectual inheritance — of taking strangers into their midst.
French Perspectives - Mimi Up To Date
ONE evening in the late spring I was sitting on the bench of the raised stern platform of a river-boat that was steaming in the sunset light down the Seine. Before us the Trocadéro rose purple against the yellow sky, with a glorified pictorial effect that its ugliness can never claim in the day-light.
French Perspectives - The Other Side Of The Door
MME. CLAUDE knocked, and persistently knocked again, as we stood in a dark but clean-swept corridor on the fourth floor of an old house in Montmartre. At last the door opened a few inches — not more than two. Through the crack we saw one bright eye, a sharp little nose, and a patch of thin old cheek, brown, and marked with deep, rusty furrows.
French Perspectives - Utopia
A PNEUMATIQUE for Mademoiselle, announced Margot, as she set down my breakfast tray. The fine literary handwriting of the address was intriguing in itself, and I hastily tore open the blue envelope: —Mademoiselle, it began, only last night did I learn from our mutual friends the Gastons of your sociological studies, and I wish to offer you, before it shall be too late, the result of my own profound investigations of the problems in which you are interested.
French Perspectives - A Peasant Hero Of Provence
ANY one who has made a long stay in Arles knows Charloun, the old peasant poet of Le Paradou. When he fails to come in from his village to the Wednesday market, the cronies and farmer-folk on the promenade des Lices find bargaining dull.
French Perspectives - M. Le Curé's Lunch-Party
M. LE CURE'S lunch-party was the climax of my stay in the convent at Arles. The very memory of it, rejoicing as the Provençal sun, brings the glow of the spontaneous human kindness of the Midi into my heart. The day was one of those that have no obvious story to tell, and yet remain charged for all time with a sense of high festivity.
French Perspectives - Achille
WHEN I want to know what the literary Paris of the late nineteenth century was like, I pay a visit to my friend Achille. Before I go I make some necessary psychological readjustments.
New Voices In French Poetry
The Unanimistes stand far outside the French Academy. But if you happen by chance on a winter afternoon into one of those scrubby halls near the Odéon, where queer bohemians gather for the discussion of new literary movements, you may find yourself strangely moved by the recitation of a poem by Vildrac or Romains.
French Perspectives - A Modern Coenobium
Again, on the long, slow, conversational walks which our host led along the flat red roads and across the rolling stubble-fields, the impression of what the Cenobites who built our Abbey had sacrificed of pride and vain-glory was borne in upon us.
French Perspectives - Signs Of The Times
THE returning American is always deeply impressed by the inviolability of French family life. I remember being especially conscious of this quality the first evening I spent in Mme. Langeais's lamplit salon after my arrival from England.
French Perspectives - The Merciers In Topsbridge
This is a bad summer for lovers of France. Watching her trial from across the Atlantic has to me seemed like watching a sick bed from a distance: the less I could do to help, the more I magnified the suffering and the symptoms.
The Development Of Portrait Painting In Italy
IT is impossible to put one's finger upon a definite date for the originof portrait painting, or upon any single work as the first example of that art. Portraiture is but one of many branches of the great mother art of painting, and was along time in reaching any independent status.
Italian Portrait Painting In The Sixteenth Century
HISTORY seldom accommodates itself to chronology, but, by a curious coincidence, a portrait was begun in the year 1500, marking as by a milestone, the transition from the fifteenth to the sixteenth centuries. This was the famous Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Venetian Portrait School: Early Group
WHEN we come to Venice, we begin our study of Italian portrait painting all over again. Everything about Venice is unique : the city, the history; the people and the art. The approach is by water ways, winding among the coloured marbles of palace fronts, with fairy bridges uniting one stately pile with another.
Titian And The Later Venetians
NO other painter ever united in himself so many qualities of artistic merit as Titian. The chief of the Venetian school, he represented in the highest degree all its characteristic excellences. If others surpassed him in single efforts, or in certainrespects, none equalled him in sustained grandeur.
The Development Of Portrait Painting In The Netherlands
WHILE fifteenth-century Italy was rising from the new birth of art into the full perfection of her powers, wonderful things were also taking place on the other side of the Alps. The impulse of awakening was felt all over Europe, and in the north, as well as in the south, a new era opened with the new century.
Albert Durer As A Portrait Painter
The portrait of Wohlgemut shows the master under whose influence Dürer's youth was passed. He is a man one would like to con-fide a son to, not because of his great gifts—he was far from being a genius but because he would inspire the respect and devotion of his pupils. His eyes are keen and genial, as of one who never lost touch with the interests of youth.
The Portraits Of Holbein
THE celebrated Hans Holbein was born in 1497 in Augsburg, and came to Basle while still in his teens, seeking employment as an illustrator. He had received his training from his father, who was a painter of some worth. One of the youth's first patrons in Basle was the great Erasmus, for whom he designed some pen and ink sketches for the author's private copy of the Praise of Folly.
Rubens As A Portrait Painter
It was in 1608 when the young painter Rubens arrived in Antwerp after some years residence in Italy. He brought back an immense enthusiasm for the Italian masters, from Raphael to Baroccio, with special devotion to Titian. He had, however, never for-gotten his youthful training in the Antwerp studios of Adam van Noort, and Otto van Veen.
The Portraits Of Van Dyck
AS a pupil of Rubens, Van Dyck suffers somewhat by comparison with the great creative genius of his master. Contrasted with the splendid versatility of the older man, his gifts seem very limited. Aspiring in his early ambitions to emulate Rubens in every particular, he fell far short of the mark.
Dutch Portrait Painting And The Corporation Groups
It was a bold and delightful innovation when Frans Hals produced at nearly the same time, his first great corporation picture, The Banquet of St. George Shooting Guild, at Haarlem. The company are seated about the table, engaged in lively conversation.
Frans Hals And Rembrandt
THERE is an old Dutch custom, holding even to this day, of fastening to the window a mirror, set at an angle which reflects to the occupant of the room the figures of the passers-by. Had Hals and Rembrandt set up such mirrors in their studio windows, at Haarlem and Amsterdam, in the middle of the seventeenth century, fixing the reflections by some magic process, the result would have been ike the series of portraits they produced.
Three Centuries Of French Portrait Painting
WITH the accession of Francis I in 1516 the art of painting first came into prominent recognition in France. Travel in Italy had first opened the king's eyes to the splendour of art, and he had besides no mind to be outdone by the Emperor Charles V in the patronage of artistic talent.
Velasquez At The Court Of Philip IV
It was a juvenile court to which Velasquez was called. The king himself was only eighteen years of age, and his wife, Isabella of Bourbon, but two years older. The king's sister Mary was a year younger than himself, his brother Don Carlos a year younger than she, and the brother Ferdinand, a boy of fourteen.
English Portrait School
ENGLAND was the last of the great European countries to develop a national school of painting. It was Henry VIII who first awoke to the fact that his people were so behindhand in the matter of art. The contemporary monarchs, Charles V and Francis I, were vying with each other in the patronage of painting, and he did not wish to appear any less munificent or progressive than they.
Some Examples Of Modern Portrait Painting
AFTER long gazing into the past centuries of portrait painting, it is difficult to readjust the focus to more recent times. There is a tendency with some critics to belittle the work of the nineteenth century, as compared with that of the great periods which went before.
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