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Overbeck   By: (1822-1886)

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ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHIES OF THE GREAT ARTISTS.

JOHANN FRIEDRICH OVERBECK.

ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHIES OF THE GREAT ARTISTS.

The following volumes, each illustrated with from 14 to 20 Engravings, are now ready, price 3s. 6d. Those marked with an asterisk are 2s. 6d.

GIOTTO. By HARRY QUILTER, M.A. FRA ANGELICO. By C. M. PHILLIMORE. FRA BARTOLOMMEO AND ANDREA DEL SARTO. By LEADER SCOTT. MANTEGNA AND FRANCIA. By JULIA CARTWRIGHT. GHIBERTI AND DONATELLO. By LEADER SCOTT. LUCA DELLA ROBBIA. By LEADER SCOTT. [ Nearly ready. LEONARDO DA VINCI. By Dr. J. PAUL RICHTER. MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI. By CHARLES CLÉMENT. RAPHAEL. By N. D'ANVERS. TITIAN. By R. F. HEATH, M.A. TINTORETTO. By W. R. OSLER. CORREGGIO. By M. COMPTON HEATON. VELAZQUEZ. By E. STOWE, M.A. MURILLO. By ELLEN E. MINOR.

ALBRECHT DÜRER. By R. F. HEATH, M.A. THE LITTLE MASTERS OF GERMANY. By W. B. SCOTT. HANS HOLBEIN. By JOSEPH CUNDALL. OVERBECK. By J. BEAVINGTON ATKINSON. REMBRANDT. By J. W. MOLLETT, B.A. RUBENS. By C. W. KETT, M.A. VAN DYCK AND HALS. By P. R. HEAD, B.A. FIGURE PAINTERS OF HOLLAND. By LORD RONALD GOWER, F.S.A.

CLAUDE LORRAIN. By OWEN J. DULLEA. [ In preparation. WATTEAU. By J. W. MOLLETT, B.A. [ In preparation. VERNET AND DELAROCHE. By J. RUUTZ REES. ROUSSEAU AND MILLET. BY W. E. HENLEY. [ In preparation. MEISSONIER. By J. W. MOLLETT, B.A.

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS. By F. S. PULLING, M.A. WILLIAM HOGARTH. By AUSTIN DOBSON. GAINSBOROUGH AND CONSTABLE. By G. BROCK ARNOLD, M.A. ROMNEY AND LAWRENCE. By LORD RONALD GOWER, F.S.A. TURNER. By COSMO MONKHOUSE. SIR DAVID WILKIE. By J. W. MOLLETT, B.A. CROME AND THE NORWICH SCHOOL. By C. MONKHOUSE. [ Preparing. SIR EDWIN LANDSEER. By F. G. STEPHENS.

[Illustration: JOHANN FRIEDRICH OVERBECK.]

"The whole world without Art would be one great wilderness."

OVERBECK

BY J. BEAVINGTON ATKINSON AUTHOR OF 'SCHOOLS OF MODERN ART IN GERMANY,' ETC.

NEW YORK SCRIBNER AND WELFORD LONDON SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE, & RIVINGTON 1882.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE A. J. BERESFORD HOPE, ESQ., M.P., LL.D., THE KIND FRIEND OF ARTISTS, THE FERVENT UPHOLDER OF CHRISTIAN ART,

This Life OF THE CHRISTIAN PAINTER J. FRIEDRICH OVERBECK IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED BY THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

In offering to the public the first complete biography yet attempted of the painter Overbeck, I wish to give a few words in explanation. The task has been far from easy: the materials, though the reverse of scanty, are scattered: reminiscences of the artist and criticisms on his works lie as fragments dispersed over the current literature of Germany. My endeavour has been to fill in vacuities, to thread together a consistent and connected narrative, and thus, so far as I have been able, to present a true and lucid history.

My duty has been all the more anxious from the unusual complexity of the pictorial products falling under review. The scenes are laid amid the battle of the schools: the periods bring into prominence conflicts between classic, romantic, and naturalistic styles. The art of Overbeck was rooted in the olden times, yet in some degree it became quickened by contact with present life, and took also a personal aspect from the painter's inner self... Continue reading book >>




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