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The Old Masters and Their Pictures

For the Use of Schools and Learners in Art

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Author: Sarah Tytler
Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 77,840 / 233 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 32.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 317
Added to site: 2006.11.20
mnybks.net#: 15313
Genre: History
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s in his day; one account reports him as the head and the father of four sons and four daughters. I have purposely written first of the fame, the reputed character, and the circumstances of Giotto before I proceed to his work. This great work was, in brief, to breathe into painting the living soul which had till then--in mediæval times--been largely absent. Giotto went to Nature for his inspiration, and not content with the immense innovation of superseding by the actual representation of men and women in outline, tint, and attitude, the rigid traditions of his predecessors, he put men's passions in their faces--the melancholy looked sad, the gay glad. This result, to us so simple, filled Giotto's lively countrymen, who had seldom seen it, with astonishment and delight. They cried out as at a marvel when he made the commonest deed even coarsely lifelike, as in the case of a sailor in a boat, who turned round with his hand before his face and spat into the sea; and when he illustrated the deed with the c

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