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Early Italian Art (Art of Century Collection) by Joseph Archer Crowe, Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle

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By Joseph Archer Crowe, Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle

Swinging among the majesty of the Greco-Byzantine background and the modernity forecasted by way of Giotto, Early Italians paintings summarise the 1st steps that bring about the Renaissance.             Trying out new mediums, these first artists bit by bit left frescoes for detachable panels. If hieratic faces can offend our neophyte eyes, this detachment was once asked at the moment. It highlighted the divinity of the nature, comforting the sacrality by means of a heritage lined with gold leaves. The beauty of the road and the color selection mixed to augment the symbolic offerings, half-confessed final target of the Early Italians artists: make the Invisible… visible.            the writer, within the significant e-book, takes up with emphasizing the significance that the competition among the Siennese and Florentine shools performed, for the evolution of paintings heritage. And the reader, during those forgotten masterworks, will notice how, bit by bit, the sacred turned incarnate and extra human… establishing a discrete yet definitive door in the course of the anthropomorphism, adored through the Renaissance.

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The earliest picture connected with Guido is a half-length Madonna from the San Domenico of Siena. The Virgin, of tall stature, sits on a large seat and points with her right hand to the infant on her knee, who gives the benediction and grasps a scroll in his left hand. Her round head, a little bent, supported by a slender neck, is disfigured by the clumsiness of its nose, which starts from a projecting angular root, terminating in a broad depression. The arched lines of the brow are but the continuation of a long curved lid extending towards the temple far beyond the outer corner of the eye.

Further, it appears that even in Florence a native painter, a certain Maestro Bartolomeo, lived and was employed in 1236. Thus, Cimabue’s often-quoted title as ‘father of modern painting’ cannot be justified, even in his own city of Florence. The facts on which his traditional celebrity has been founded will be elucidated in ensuing sections, as the opening scene must surely begin with none other than Guido. qxp 7/26/2011 Scenes from the History of Sylvester and Constantine, 1246. Fresco. Church of the Santissimi Quatro Coronati, Rome.

Fresco, 690 x 350 cm. Left transept, Upper Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi. Cimabue, Crucifixion (detail), 1283. Fresco, 690 x 350 cm. Left transept, Upper Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi. qxp 7/27/2011 4:23 PM Page 58 Cimabue and the R u c e l l a i M a d o n n a Cimabue (with the collaboration of Giotto), The Virgin and Child Enthroned, late 13th century. Rectory, Castelfiorentino. 58 Nowhere does the local patriotism of Florentine writers more powerfully manifest itself than in their accounts of early Tuscan artists.

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