A Concise History of Painting, from Giotto to Cézanne by Michael Levey

By Michael Levey

“From Giotto to Cezanne: A Concise historical past of portray Michael Levey. 549 colour illustrations. «Outstanding...accurate, unfastened from prejudice, continuously neat, usually stimulating. No higher advent to Western portray has eve been produced.» (The Sunday Times). « combining severe scholorship with a presentation easy sufficient to curiosity the final reader and utilising a regular of copy more than enough to make the end result either an highbrow and a cultured pleasure.» ( the Burlington magazine).

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In the Philip 99 new Duke Low the Philip, 1435 Philip the Good concluded the treaty of Arras, humiliating for France while con- firming the freedom of Flanders from French f 4 - * control. Two years earlier the Duke had had occasion to reprove his accountants for their failure to verify his letters patent for his well- beloved equerry and painter, the like of whom for 'art et science' could not be found, Jan van Eyck (active 1422-d. 14 41). In Jan van Eyck the Duke had obtained the services of a painter very different from the International Gothic Van practitioners.

8j) the life of the fields goes on unheeding and only the Virgin prays over her Son who is one day to lie dead in her lap. Light and air and water make one elemental ; 85 in 86 Giovanni Bellini Transfiguration 87 Giovanni Bellini Coronation of r the \ irgin J7 88 Giovanni Bellini Earthly Paradise envelope of the so-called Earthly Paradise (pi. 88) with its caressing atmosphere of sunlight. Like the figures, the landscape seems locked in a dream; the clouds drift slowly in the heavy air; only the children have energy enough to shake the apples from the dark-leaved tree, and the other figures move with dream inconsequence.

Manuscripts collected ; 96 62 Carlo Crivelli Annunciation ECCLESIASTIC/ 6} 97 Giovanni Bellini Feast of the Gods is not in sculpture or mosaic that Northern European painting originated but rather in It Meticulous detail remains a typical quality of Northern art until the appearance in the seventeenth century of Rubens. Michelangelo's famous if not totally accurately recorded judgment reveals an Italian artist's awareness of the very different standards existing in the North 'In Flanders they paint with a view to exter- illuminated manuscripts.

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