A Handbook of Pictorial Art
by Richard St John Tyrwhitt (9780217660471)

A Handbook of Pictorial Art
Richard St John Tyrwhitt
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
Category: Art Forms
ISBN: 9780217660471
ISBN-10: 0217660479

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAP. III. HISTORICAL, i. EARLIEST CHRISTIAN ART. A REGULAR History of Art must, we suppose, be - always in danger of becoming an immense series of biographies. It has been said of all history, that it consists of the lives of the great men who have moulded the destinies of mankind, and have, so to speak, made and modified the course of events. Whatever may be said in favour of this view of the records of mankind in general, human progress in Art is evidently marked by the names, and dependent on the thoughts, of the great painters or sculptors who have arisen at different periods. Their influence over men is more subtle and lasting than the rule of kings or tetrarchs, and their special characteristics are of more importance to the Art-historian. But in a small volume intended for practical purposes it is quite impossible to give an abridgment of Vasari; and the only names we can mention are those of men who may be said to survive, in their principles and followers, to the present day. At the same time there are tracts of the history of Art which are, so to speak, unmarked by great names, but which are of the greatest importance to both painters and critics, because they indicate national character rather than individual genius. It would not add much to the value of theBE A UTY BY A NA LOGY. 41 carvings in S. Ambrogio at Milan, or San Fermo at Verona, if we knew the rough Lombard names of their designers. Yet they are the most important monuments in existence of the v early artistic or representative energy of the Gothic mind. The fact that all the paintings and bas-reliefs of the Catacombs are the work of hands unknown and unthought of, adds not a little to their impressiveness. These are the beginnings of Christian Art, Gothic and Roman; the Gothic Schools of cours...

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