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The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance Third Edition   By: (1865-1959)

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THE VENETIAN PAINTERS OF THE RENAISSANCE

With an Index to Their Works

by

BERNHARD BERENSON

Author of "Florentine Painters of the Renaissance," "Central Italian Painters of the Renaissance."

Third Edition

[Illustration: Shepherd with Pipe. From the Painting by Giorgione, at Hampton Court. ]

G. P. Putnam's Sons New York and London The Knickerbocker Press Copyright, 1894 by G. P. Putnam's Sons

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London by G. P. Putnam's Sons

[Illustration]

Made in the United States of America

NOTE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

The indices of this second edition have been carefully revised, and a considerable number of additions have been made to the lists.

The author begs once more to call attention to the fact that, with one or two exceptions, he has mentioned no pictures that he has not seen . The lists are the result, not of compilation, but of first hand acquaintance with the works of art.

NOTE TO THIRD EDITION.

In this edition changes have been made in the numbering of the Venice and Vienna Galleries, as well as of some minor collections, to correspond to recent rehanging. Many other alterations have been required by the breaking up of private collections. In several instances it has been impossible to trace pictures to their new homes, and of such the more important remain under the names of their former owners. To the lists of painters have been added Beccaruzzi, Caprioli, Polidoro Lanzani, Rocco Marconi, Andrea Schiavone, and Girolamo da Treviso, artists important enough to be missed, but of merit so unequal that only their more interesting works are here given. But the bulk of new additions, amounting to a third as much again as was comprised in the last edition, is of pictures in the various provincial galleries and private collections of Great Britain, France, and Germany.

The author takes great pleasure in acknowledging his indebtedness to Mr. Herbert F. Cook for invaluable aid in visiting some of the almost numberless British collections.

PREFACE.

The following essay owes its origin to the author's belief that Venetian painting is the most complete expression in art of the Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance is even more important typically than historically. Historically it may be looked upon as an age of glory or of shame according to the different views entertained of European events during the past five centuries. But typically it stands for youth, and youth alone for intellectual curiosity and energy grasping at the whole of life as material which it hopes to mould to any shape.

Every generation has an innate sympathy with some epoch of the past wherein it seems to find itself foreshadowed. Science has of late revealed and given much, but its revelation and gifts are as nothing to the promise it holds out of constant acquisition and perpetual growth, of everlasting youth. We ourselves, because of our faith in science and the power of work, are instinctively in sympathy with the Renaissance. Our problems do not seem so easy to solve, our tasks are more difficult because our vision is wider, but the spirit which animates us was anticipated by the spirit of the Renaissance, and more than anticipated. That spirit seems like the small rough model after which ours is being fashioned.

Italian painting interests many of us more than the painting of any other school not because of its essential superiority, but because it expressed the Renaissance; and Venetian painting is interesting above all because it was at Venice alone that this expression attained perfection. Elsewhere, particularly in Florence, it died away before it found complete utterance.

In order to keep the main idea clearly before the mind of the reader, to show him how the Renaissance reveals itself in Venetian painting, the introduction of anything not strictly relevant to the subject has been avoided... Continue reading book >>




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