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Donatello, by Lord Balcarres   By: (1871-1940)

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DONATELLO

by

LORD BALCARRES

[Illustration: Alinari

CHRIST ON THE CROSS

SANT' ANTONIO, PADUA]

[Illustration: DESORMAIS]

London: Duckworth and Co. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1903 All rights reserved Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. at the Ballantyne Press

PREFACE

An attempt is made in the following pages to determine the position and character of Donatello's art in relation to that of his contemporaries and successors. The subject must be familiar to many who have visited Florence, but no critical work on the subject has been published in English. I have therefore quoted as many authorities as possible in order to assist those who may wish to look further into problems which are still unsettled. Most of the books to which reference is made can be consulted in the Art Library at South Kensington, and in the British Museum. Foreign critics have written a good deal about Donatello from varied, if somewhat limited aspects. Dr. Bode's researches are, as a rule, illustrative of the works of art in the Berlin Museum. The main object of Dr. Semper was to collect documentary evidence about the earlier part of Donatello's life; Gloria and Gonzati have made researches into the Paduan period; Lusini confines his attention to Siena, Centofanti to Pisa; M. Reymond and Eugène Müntz are more comprehensive in their treatment of the subject.

With eleven or twelve exceptions I have seen the original of every existing piece of sculpture, architecture and painting mentioned in this book. I regret, however, that among the exceptions should be a work by Donatello himself, namely, the Salome relief at Lille my visits to that town having unfortunately coincided with public holidays, when the gallery was closed. I must express my thanks to the officials of Museums, as well as to private collectors all over Europe, for unfailing courtesy and assistance. I have also to acknowledge my indebtedness to the invaluable advice of Mr. S. Arthur Strong, Librarian of the House of Lords.

21.vi.1903

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION 1

COMPETITION FOR THE BAPTISTERY GATES 2

FIRST JOURNEY TO ROME 3

THE PREDECESSORS OF DONATELLO 5

FIRST WORK FOR THE CATHEDRAL 7

THE CATHEDRAL FAÇADE 8

THE DANIEL AND POGGIO 10

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST AND THE MARBLE DAVID 14

STATUES OF THE CAMPANILE 17

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 18

JEREMIAH AND THE CANON OF ART 20

HABAKKUK AND THE SENSE OF DISTANCE 23

THE ZUCCONE, "REALISM" AND NATURE 26

THE ZUCCONE AND THE SENSE OF LIGHT AND SHADE 29

ABRAHAM AND THE SENSE OF PROPORTION 30

DRAPERY AND HANDS 31

MINOR WORKS FOR THE CATHEDRAL 33

OR SAN MICHELE, ST. PETER AND ST. MARK 35

ST. LOUIS 38

ST. GEORGE 39

DONATELLO AND GOTHIC ART 42

THE CRUCIFIX AND ANNUNCIATION 47

MARTELLI, DAVID, AND DONATELLO'S TECHNIQUE 52

EARLY FIGURES OF ST. JOHN 56

DONATELLO AS ARCHITECT AND PAINTER 59

THE SIENA FONT 70

MICHELOZZO AND THE COSCIA TOMB 72

THE ARAGAZZI TOMB 76

THE BRANCACCI... Continue reading book >>




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