Florentine Painting and Its Social Background; the Bourgeois Republic before Cosimo De' Medici's Advent to Power: XIV and Early XV Centuries

Florentine Painting and Its Social Background; the Bourgeois Republic before Cosimo De' Medici's Advent to Power: XIV and Early XV Centuries

Florentine Painting and Its Social Background; the Bourgeois Republic before Cosimo De' Medici's Advent to Power: XIV and Early XV Centuries

Florentine Painting and Its Social Background; the Bourgeois Republic before Cosimo De' Medici's Advent to Power: XIV and Early XV Centuries

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This book was written between 1932 and 1938, Exterior circumstances, among them the war, have held up its publication until 1947, so that I have had to fulfil, literally if involuntarily, Horace's postulate of nonumque prematur in annum. Since, however, this is not poetry, I have at least tried, as far as prevailing conditions allowed, to keep up to date references in the book to scientific literature appearing in the interval. More pleasant than looking back upon this enforced delay is to recall the varied help I have experienced in producing the book. I feel most sincere gratitude to the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, which enabled me to work on it during a particularly difficult period. Prof. F. Saxl, Director of the Warburg Institute, has given very efficacious support in many ways to the book. I owe much to Mr. Herbert Read for his sympathetic understanding in matters relating to the publication. Conversations with colleagues, in particular Dr. H. D. Gronau, Prof. R. Offner of New York University, Mr. J. Pope-Hennessy, Mr. P. Pouncey and Dr. E. Wind have helped to clarify various points. Dr. Gronau and Prof. Offner, in addition to Prof. O. Siren of the Stockholm Museum, were also kind enough to put photographs at my disposal. I am greatly obliged to Sir Robert Witt for the liberal use of his Art Reference Library. I wish to offer warm thanks both individually and collectively to the numerous public galleries and owners of private collections by whose courtesy I have been able to reproduce pictures belonging to them. I am most indebted to Prof. E. Weekley and to the following friends and colleagues who have endeavoured to assist me over difficulties of wording, since English is not my mother tongue: Messrs. A. Blunt, J. Byam Shaw, G. Clutton, P. Floud, Dr. F. D. Klingender, Messrs. C. Mitchell, D. Streatfield and A. West. I should not like to finish this preface without a deeply felt tribute to my wife for her encouragement, endurance and criticism.

FREDERICK ANTAL.

London, 1947.

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