The Life and Works of Vittorio Carpaccio

By Pompeo Molmenti; Gustav Ludwig et al. | Go to book overview

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE

TO present in another language the researches of two such eminent scholars as the late Herr Gustav Ludwig and Prof. Pompeo Molmenti is, I am aware, a bold undertaking, but the friendly sympathy and kindness of the survivor of these two distinguished writers have greatly encouraged me in completing my task. It is obvious that a verbal translation would have been both impossible from a literary point of view and unfair to the original authors. I believe however that, while throwing the whole material into an English form, I have nowhere deviated from the facts or opinions expressed in the Italian version. It was perhaps for this reason an advantage that I had myself no deep knowledge either of Carpaccio's life or of his work, beyond a great admiration for it as seen in Venice. Consequently, I have been able to sit at the feet of the learned writers whose work it is my privilege to present here: and I trust that the result of my attention to their teachings may not be altogether uninteresting or fruitless to those to whom the original work is a sealed book. As the authors have occasion to remark, the revival of interest in this delightful artist is comparatively recent; but it has grown, as it deserved to grow, rapidly: so much so that among the many attractions to Venice Carpaccio Cyclesof S. George, S. Jerome, and S. Ursula

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