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The Venetian School of Painting   By: (-1915)

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THE VENETIAN SCHOOL OF PAINTING

[Illustration: Giorgione. MADONNA WITH S. LIBERALE AND S. FRANCIS. Castelfranco. ( Photo, Anderson. )]

THE VENETIAN SCHOOL OF PAINTING

by

EVELYN MARCH PHILLIPPS

With Illustrations

Books for Libraries Press Freeport, New York

First Published 1912 Reprinted 1972

International Standard Book Number: 0 8369 6745 3 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 70 37907

Printed in the United States of America By New World Book Manufacturing Co., Inc. Hallandale, Florida 33009

PREFACE

Many visits to Venice have brought home the fact that there exists, in English at least, no work which deals as a whole with the Venetian School and its masters. Biographical catalogues there are in plenty, but these, though useful for reference, say little to readers who are not already acquainted with the painters whose career and works are briefly recorded. "Lives" of individual masters abound, but however excellent and essential these may be to an advanced study of the school, the volumes containing them make too large a library to be easily carried about, and a great deal of reading and assimilation is required to set each painter in his place in the long story. Crowe and Cavalcaselle's History of Painting in North Italy still remains our sheet anchor; but it is lengthy, over full of detail of minor painters, and lacks the interesting criticism which of late years has collected round each master. There seems room for a portable volume, making an attempt to consider the Venetian painters, in relation to one another, and to help the visitor not only to trace the evolution of the school from its dawn, through its full splendour and to its declining rays, but to realise what the Venetian School was, and what was the philosophy of life which it represented.

Such a book does not pretend to vie with, much less to supersede, the masterly treatises on the subject which have from time to time appeared, or to take the place of exhaustive histories, such as that of Professor Leonello Venturi on the Italian primitives. It should but serve to pave the way to deeper and more detailed reading. It does not aspire to give a complete and comprehensive list of the painters; some of the minor ones may not even be mentioned. The mere inclusion of names, dates, and facts would add unduly to the size of the book, and, when without real bearing on the course of Venetian art, would have little significance. What the book does aim at is to enable those who care for art, but may not have mastered its history, to rear a framework on which to found their own observations and appreciations; to supply that coherent knowledge which is beneficial even to a passing acquaintance with beautiful things, and to place the unscientific observer in a position to take greater advantage of opportunities, and to achieve a wide and interesting outlook on that cycle of artistic apprehension which the Venetian School comprises, and which marks it as the outcome and the symbol of a great historic age.

The works cited have been principally those with which the ordinary traveller is likely to come into contact in the chief European galleries, and, above all, in Venice itself. The lists do not propose to be exhaustive, but merely indicate the principal works of the artists. Those in private galleries, unless easy of access or of first rate importance, are usually eliminated. It has not been thought necessary to use profuse illustrations, as the book is intended primarily for use when visiting the original works.

CONTENTS

PART I

CHAPTER I PAGE VENICE AND HER ART 3

CHAPTER II PRIMITIVE ART IN VENICE 11

CHAPTER III INFLUENCES OF UMBRIA AND VERONA 21

CHAPTER IV THE SCHOOL OF MURANO 29

CHAPTER V THE PADUAN INFLUENCE 33

CHAPTER VI JACOPO BELLINI 39

CHAPTER VII CARLO CRIVELLI 44

CHAPTER VIII GENTILE BELLINI AND ANTONELLO DA MESSINA 48

CHAPTER IX ALVISE VIVARINI 58

CHAPTER X CARPACCIO 68

CHAPTER XI GIOVANNI BELLINI 81

CHAPTER XII GIOVANNI BELLINI ( continued ) 92

CHAPTER XIII CIMA DA CONEGLIANO AND OTHER FOLLOWERS OF BELLINI 103

PART II

CHAPTER XIV GIORGIONE 121

CHAPTER XV GIORGIONE ( continued ) 132

CHAPTER XVI THE GIORGIONESQUE 140

CHAPTER XVII TITIAN 144

CHAPTER XVIII TITIAN ( continued ) 157

CHAPTER XIX TITIAN ( continued ) 173

CHAPTER XX PALMA VECCHIO AND LORENZO LOTTO 184

CHAPTER XXI SEBASTIAN DEL PIOMBO 198

CHAPTER XXII BONIFAZIO AND PARIS BORDONE 203

CHAPTER XXIII PAINTERS OF THE VENETIAN PROVINCES 212

CHAPTER XXIV PAOLO VERONESE 228

CHAPTER XXV TINTORETTO 243

CHAPTER XXVI TINTORETTO ( continued ) 254

CHAPTER XXVII BASSANO 269

PART III

CHAPTER XXVIII THE INTERIM 281

CHAPTER XXIX TIEPOLO 297

CHAPTER XXX PIETRO LONGHI 309

CHAPTER XXXI CANALE 314

CHAPTER XXXII FRANCESCO GUARDI 321

BIBLIOGRAPHY 329

INDEX 333

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