An Art Tour To Northern Capitals Of Europe

Paperback | May 19, 2012

byJoseph Beavington Atkinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 Excerpt: ...a dramatic action and a phantasm of colour rarely equalled by de Loutherbourg or by Turner. I think I have said enough to show that the Hermitage satisfies the most ravenous of appetites for the highly seasoned viands served up by Rubens. For myself I confess to no feeling of satiety after devouring the whole collection of 60 works. Next to Rubens naturally follows his pupil Vandyck, liberally represented by 34 pictures. In this exceptional display the Hermitage is only surpassed by Munich, which has 37 examples of the master: next follow Vienna with 26, Madrid with 22, Paris with 20, Dresden with 19, and London with 6. Many of these pictures by Vandyck, gained on the purchase of the Walpole Collection, we can ill afford to spare from England; portraits of a king, of a queen, of nobles, of men of genius, are of the nature of national property, of historic muniments. Vandyck worked and died in England, and only in England could be painted the pictures now in the Hermitage of 'Charles I' (609),' Henriette' his Queen (610), 'Archbishop Laud' (612), 'The Herbert Family' (614), 'Earl Danby' (615), 'Lord Wharton' (616), 'Sir Thomas Wharton' (617), 'Elizabeth and Philadelphia Wharton ' (618),' Lady Jane Goodwin' (619), 'Sir Thomas Chaloner' (620), 'Lord Wandesford' (621), 'Inigo Jones' (626). To these may be added the portraits of four English ladies (633 and 634), supposed to be of the Herbert family. We almost imagine ourselves at home in England while walking among these familiar faces: the sad story of the sale of these heirlooms may recall Sheridan's famous scene wherein Charles Surface knocks down by auction the portraits of his ancestors. It is but a poor consolation to find that portraits acquired by the Hermitage are scarcely in Vandyck's best manner. Cha...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 Excerpt: ...a dramatic action and a phantasm of colour rarely equalled by de Loutherbourg or by Turner. I think I have said enough to show t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217809987

ISBN - 13:9780217809986

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