Early Tuscan Art from the 12th to the 15th Centuries

Paperback | February 5, 2012

bySir William Martin Conway

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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. 1902. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. GIOTTO. In previous chapters we have seen what was the character of Italian Art at the beginning of the thirteenth century, and we have observed the effect of the great popular movement, associated with the name of Francis of Assisi, in altering the national ideal, and consequently the style of Central Italian Architecture and Sculpture. We have now to study the effect produced upon Painting by the same movement. We have seen that the first important building in the new style was the church and convent of St. Francis at Assisi, founded in the year 1228. It was not till some forty years later that the new tendencies found expression in sculpture. We have to wait almost another quarter of a century THE CALL FOR PAINTING. 93 before they appear in painting. This slowness of reaction in painting is easily explained when we observe how much more strongly under the dominion of Byzantine and classical traditions, was that and the kindred art of Mosaic, than either Architecture or Sculpture. The interiors of the churches of St. Francis at Assisi were incomplete until they had been entirely covered with coloured decoration. They were designed to be so decorated. The Lower Church, with its dim light and cavernous vaulting is better suited for mosaic than fresco, but mosaic was too costly and slow a system. The Upper Church was obviously intended from the first to be frescoed. At the present day the whole of both these churches is overlaid with colour from end to end and in every part. The frescoes it contains form a series completely illustrating the history of Italian painting for one hundred years. The principal dates connected with the church are these: It was founded in 1228. The Lower Church was completed and the body of the Saint translated into i...

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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. 1902. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. GIOTTO. In previous chapters we have seen what was the character of Italian Art at the beginning of the thirteent...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217779026

ISBN - 13:9780217779029

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