The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

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LUCA DELLA ROBBIA

THE Italian sculptors of the earlier half of the fifteenth century are more than mere forerunners of the great masters of its close, and often reach perfection, within the narrow limits which they chose to impose on their work. Their sculpture shares with the paintings of Botticelli and the churches of Brunelleschi that profound expressiveness, that intimate impress of an indwelling soul, which is the peculiar fascination of the art of Italy in that century. Their works have been much neglected, and often almost hidden away amid the frippery of modern decoration, and we come with some surprise on the places where their fire still smoulders. One longs to penetrate into the lives of the men who have given expression to so much power and sweetness. But it is part of the reserve, the austere dignity and simplicity of their existence, that their histories are for the most part lost, or told but briefly. From their lives, as from their work, all tumult of sound and colour has passed away. Mino, the Raphael of sculpture, Maso del Rodario, whose works add a further grace to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Dedication v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents *
  • Two Early French Stories 1
  • Pico Della Mirandola 30
  • Sandro Botticelli 50
  • Luca Della Robbia 63
  • The Poetry of Michelangelo 73
  • Leonardo Da Vinci 98
  • The School of Giorgione 130
  • Joachim Du Bellay 155
  • Winckelmann 177
  • Conclusion 233
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