Art Criticism And Romance (volume 2); With Recollections, And 23 Etchings By Anna Lea Merritt

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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. 1879. Excerpt: ... should study to understand, in order that he may religiously conserve the works of genius entrusted to his care. Such were some of the precepts and principles which my employer, the London restorer, enforced and practised. CHAPTER XLI. THE TWO RUYSDAELS. My strength and my prospects lay in the aptitude which I betrayed for the work of restoration. It was, I found, no light matter to satisfy the judgment of the numerous connoisseurs who visited our studio in the palace during the latter part of our stay. By arrangement, the first year (we were two years in all at the work) was spent in the renovation of the larger picture galleries, and in repairing a painted ceiling and staircase which had gone well-nigh to ruin. The gems of the cabinet were reserved until the noble owner's return from the continent, accompanied by some friends who had the reputation of being eminent critics in matters of art. In all the difficulties of the undertaking I was always permitted to be present and to take part in the delicate and interesting operations to be performed; and each day my employer grew more and more confident of 'making an artist of me,' and he predicted for me an eminent career, provided I courted it in the metropolis. We found the pictures, one and all, very much in the same dull, monotonous state to which they had been reduced by their long neglect. For half a century the damp mists of autumn had penetrated the rooms, had settled upon the surfaces of the pictures, and absorbed each particle of dust, until it was no longer possible to distinguish the glowing colours of the Flemish and Venetian masters from the sombre and pallid hues of the Spanish school. If possible, the smaller cabinet pictures were even more obscured than the larger and more imposing treasure...

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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. 1879. Excerpt: ... should study to understand, in order that he may religiously conserve the works of genius entrusted to his care. Such were som...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217440479

ISBN - 13:9780217440479

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