A History of Painting in Italy, Umbria, Florence and Siena, from the Second to the Sixteenth Century - Vol. 1

A History of Painting in Italy, Umbria, Florence and Siena, from the Second to the Sixteenth Century - Vol. 1

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A History of Painting in Italy, Umbria, Florence and Siena, from the Second to the Sixteenth Century - Vol. 1

A History of Painting in Italy, Umbria, Florence and Siena, from the Second to the Sixteenth Century - Vol. 1

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It is unnecessary to make any apology for this second edition of the History of Painting in Italy. Notwithstanding all that has been done in the last forty years, by archivists on the one hand, and by connoisseurs on the other, with the object of elucidating the history of the central Italian schools, this book still remains the standard authority upon the subject. Of genuine additions to knowledge, of scientifically verifiable facts accepted as such by all serious and intelligent students, how little has been added to that particular fabric of human learning which owed so much to Crowe and Cavalcaselle! Much that passed for knowledge a decade ago has been proved to be unfounded theory: and, were it not unwise to prophesy, we would venture to predict that, in the coming decade, the field of art criticism will be strewn with the wreckage of many other pretentious but cheaply-built structures.

The public demand for the first edition has gone on increasing up to the present time, and in recent years second-hand copies of the book have commanded extra-

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