Artist-biographies Volume 6: Claude Lorraine

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byMoses Foster Sweetser

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. Claude's Life not understood.--His Household.--The Roman 'Fireworks.--Cardinal Giorio.--Prince Pamfili.--The Bouillon-Claudes.--Pictures for the King of Spain. Claude resolved never to marry. Why he thus restricted himself, and declined those joys of home which his tender and affectionate spirit was so capable of enjoying, we cannot tell: there is not even a conjecture to build upon. Herein is another of the deep mysteries which enshroud the life of the great artist, and make it appear to have been so absolutely devoid of incident. Unlike his fellow-artists, he is not heard of either in the contemporary politics, the intrigues of the rival schools of paintings, or the polished society of Rome. He does not appear in the Academy of St. Luke, nor in the proceedings of the French Academy of Art. Felibien, a contemporary biographer, writes voluminously of all the artists then in the city, including both Claude's teachers and his pupils, but absolutely omits all account of the master himself. SILENT HISTORY. 67 De Piles devotes but two short pages to him, while minutely describing scores of painters who are now altogether forgotten. Amidei's " Lives of the Celebrated Painters of the Seventeenth Century" (published at Rome in 1731) actually omits to mention his name. In the biographies of Albano, Domenichino, Guido, and other eminent artists who lived in the city at this time, the same silence is observed. Even Baldinucci and Sandrart find nothing to record in his life after 1630, except an imperfect list of his patrons and works. Over more than half a century the mantle of silence is thrown; and we see only the painter, and never the man. It is evident, therefore, that Claude secluded himself from the society of the city and of his...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. Claude's Life not understood.--His Household.--The Roman 'Fireworks.--Cardinal Giorio.--Prince Pamf...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217440738

ISBN - 13:9780217440738

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