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The Pre-Raphaelites of Italy and Other Essays (Classic Reprint)

The Pre-Raphaelites of Italy and Other Essays (Classic Reprint)

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There are so many Pre-Raphaelites in Italy that we will only take up a few that stand as the Great Epoch makers of the Gothic period and the Early Rennaissance.

We naturally turn to Grotto as the first, for Cimabue, his teacher, painted according to the Byzantine method while Grotto, who never entirely lost the Archaic influence of his master, was too great a man and artist to be an imitator.

In spite of his crude technique art lovers delight in the work of that great soul whose feeling and tenderness triumph over the stiff and absurd drawing of his figures and landscape, and in this day when method and technique are glorified beyond every other consideration, we are often glad to study the work of these great painters who, lacking the facility that is common today had paved the way with their originality, courage and profound sentiment for all who followed.

It is not to be wondered at that the Pre-Raphaelites in England turned back to them for inspiration.

Grotto was sculptor and architect as well as painter and occasionally wrote poetry.

The poem on "Voluntary Poverty" written while he was painting the frescoes of St. Frances at Assisi has been translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, who was the gifted poet and painter of the Pre-Raphaelites in England.

Grotto's greatest achievement in sculpture and architecture is the Campanile in Florence and tourists from all parts can be seen gazing up at the beauty of its slender columns and the exquisite color and arrangement of its marble ornamentation.

The Arena Chapel at Padua is the Mecca for art lovers and also the Spanish Chapel in Florence.

The frescoes depict scenes from the New Testament and episodes from The Life of St. Francis.

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