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there is no dramatic incident.. just three hard-working people in a flat field .. they are neither beautiful nor graceful. There is no suggestion of the country idyll in the picture. These peasant women move slowly and heavily.. his three peasant women assumed a dignity more natural and more convincing than that of academic heroes” There is a series of busts of benefactors on Prague’s cathedral “including one of the artist in charge, Peter Parler the Younger (1330-99) which is in all probability the first real self-portrait of an artist known to us” Painters and patrons alike were fascinated by the idea that art … might serve to mirror a fragment of the real world” [ and not just be used to tell religious narrative]

In Spain too .. El Greco’s art surpasses even Tintoretto’s in its bold disregard of natural form and colours and in its stirring dramatic vision” even in architecture the strong and simple forms of the Doric style and the easy grace of the Ionic style were not enough. A new form of column was preferred, which had been invented early in the fourth century and which was called after the wealthy merchant city of Corinth. In the Corinthian styl, foliage was added to the Ionic spiral volutes to deocrate the capital” Mask of Tutankhamun; c. 1327BC; gold, glass and semi-precious stones; height: 54cm; Egyptian Museum ( Cairo) Caravaggio’s ‘naturalism’, that is, his intention to copy nature faithfully .. was perhaps more devout than Caracci’s emphasis on beauty. Caravaggio must have read the Bible again and again and pondered it’s words …‘Reach hither they hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing” (St John XX.27) “ The Olympic Games were .. closely connected with the religious beliefs and rites of the people .. the victor in these games was looked upon with awe as a man whom the gods had favoured .. it was to find out on whom this blessing of victoriousness rested that the games were originally held”Hogarth himself compared this new type of painting to the art of the playwright and the theatrical producer” This comprehensive look at Western art from prehistoric times on up to the present has been completely redesigned and extensively revised and updated."― Booklist The Egyptians had based their art on knowledge. The Greeks began to use their eyes … [the artist] no longer thought that everything he knew to be there must also be shown” and illustrations in prayer books, such as The Book of Hours made by Paul and Jean de Limbourg for the Duc de Berry – ‘Tres Riches Heures’. Seals with Indus script and impressions; 2500-2000 BC; steatite; various sizes, mostly c.3cm; British Museum (London) [25]

He would be a poor judge of houses who did not know the requirements for which they were built. Similarly, we are not likely to understand the art of the past if we are quite ignorant of the aims it had to serve. People in the Greek cities began to question the old traditions and legends about the gods .. philosophy first awoke .. the theatre first developed out of the ceremonies in honour of Dionysus “

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the International style is perhaps the last international style Europe has seen – at least until the 20th century. In the 15th century art broke up into a number of different ‘schools'”

Gombrich's voice is lively, opinionated, and almost conversational, yet his erudition shines through to make a book that is both accessible and informative."― Library Journal We can best understand this difference if we think of architecture. We all know that there are beautiful buildings and that some of them are true works of art. We call these people ‘primitives’ not because they are simpler than we are their processes of thought are often more complicated than ours-but because they are closer to the state from which all mankind once.

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Raphael has achieved constant movement throughout the picture, without letting it become restless or unbalanced .. supreme mastery of arranging his figures .. he did not copy any specific model but rather followed ‘a certain idea’ he had formed in his mind .. he deliberately used an imagined type of regular beauty” but for the arts to flourish .. there should be enough people willing to buy paintings or sculptures by living artists” Eg. Allegory on the blessings of peace, “a gift to Charles I… [with] Minerva, the goddss of wisdom and civilising arts, drives away Mars.. the Fury of war .. under the protection of Minerva the joys of peace are spread out before our eyes”

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