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The Early Italian Painters

The Early Italian Painters

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Excerpt from The Early Italian Painters: Their Art and Times As; Illustrated From Examples of Their Work in the National Gallery, London

The present writer once dreamed of a museum, and in one of the cases was a little feather, and on its card was written, "Feather from Angel's wing. Picked up on the floor of Heaven."

Now the feather was beautiful and white and small, but, torn from its celestial surroundings, might as well have belonged to a goose as an angel. In heaven the angel lost it; on earth it was tabulated, given a label, and put safely in a glass case: its material conditions were perfect but - it was no longer in heaven.

Never in all the years since they were painted have the great pictures of the world been so well seen and so well cared for as they are now. In huge rooms, clean and well lighted, warm and bare, with the noise of countless alien feet for ever clattering over their polished floors, there the poor pictures hang. They have been dragged from the churches and palaces for which they were painted, sold and dismembered, one panel going to Paris, another to London, and a third to Berlin. Now they are prized as being among the nation's greatest treasures, and they are seen under conditions of ease and comfort by hundreds of people every day; but there is one flaw in an otherwise perfect arrangement: they, like the little white feather, have been torn from their natural surroundings.

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