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“From Giotto to Cezanne: A Concise historical past of portray Michael Levey. 549 colour illustrations. «Outstanding...accurate, loose from prejudice, regularly neat, usually stimulating. No higher advent to Western portray has eve been produced.» (The Sunday Times). « combining severe scholorship with a presentation uncomplicated sufficient to curiosity the final reader and utilizing a customary of replica more than enough to make the outcome either an highbrow and a classy pleasure.» ( the Burlington magazine).

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It was probably Cossa who also produced the more genre-like and less fantastic earthily visible, Autumn (pi. 81), compacted with something of Piero della Francesca's quality, a reminder that he too had worked at Ferrara. Both Tura and Cossa were employed in decorating Este palaces and in that of Schifanoia (its name, 'Sans Souci', suggesting its purpose as a retreat from care) Cossa was the chief artist of an astrological fresco series of the Months. His April (pi. 80) is part courtly pageant and part love-making in rustic surroundings, evoking a considerably more cheerful atmosphere than that of Mantegna's Gonzaga court.

His patrons, grandiose 68) result in Roman backgrounds where and statues buildings adorn the landscape of after him, antiquity. 76 J2 Andrea Mantegna Death of the Virgin fact. Mantegna was Like Poussin naturalised in Poussin might have looked with pleasure at the Parnassus (pi. J 8), painted in 1497 for Isabella d'Este's Mantuan 'studio', 77 78 Andrea Mantegna Andrea Mantegna Crucifixion Parnassus which actually arrived in France in 1630. Severe learning is mitigated here by the poetic frieze of decorously dancing Muses and the charming spotted Pegasus against whom Mercury negligently The stony had its sculptural side of Mantegna's art influence in another small duchy, that of the Este family cial leans.

The Pieta (pi. 60) is almost a cry of pain. The black-clad Madonna swoons in the agony of the moment, and the smooth nearly un- 42 out of stability and prosperity under Lorenzo The last de' Medici into a new age. attempt at a medieval 'city of God' was the gloomy theocracy established at Florence under the Dominican Savonarola, who came from Fra Angelico's monastery of S. 59 Sandro Botticelli 60 Birth of Venus Sandro Botticelli Pieta 43 Marco. His prophetic preachings may have influenced opinions; religious Botticelli's profoundly impressed the young Michelangelo.

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