By John C. van Dyke
John Charles van Dyke (1856-1932) was once an American paintings historian and critic. He was once born at New Brunswick, N. J., studied at Columbia, and for a few years in Europe. along with his publication chronicling the background of portray from cave work to the trendy period. absolutely illustrated.
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There was good reason for it. The knowledge of the ancient world lay buried under the ruins of Rome. The Italians had to learn it all over again, almost without a precedent, almost without a preceptor. With the fifteenth century the horizon began to brighten. The Early Renaissance was begun. It was not a revolt, a reaction, or a starting out on a new path. It was a development of the Gothic period; and the three inclinations of the Gothic period—religion, the desire for classic knowledge, and the study of nature—were carried into the art of the time with greater realization.
Was the last of the great Giotto followers. He carried out the teachings of the school in technical features, such as composition, drawing, and relief by color rather than by light, but he lacked the creative power of Giotto. In fact, none of the Giottesque can be said to have improved upon the master, taking him as a whole. Toward the beginning of the fifteenth century the school rather declined. SIENNESE SCHOOL: The art teachings and traditions of the past seemed deeper rooted at Sienna than at Florence.
Christian life at that time was passion-strung, but the faces in art do not show it, for the reason that the Roman frescos were the painter's model, not the people of the Christian community about him. There was nothing like a realistic presentation at this time. The type alone was given. In the drawing it was not so good as that shown in the Roman and Pompeian frescos. There was a mechanism about its production, a copying by unskilled hands, a negligence or an ignorance of form that showed everywhere.
A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Illustrated Edition) by John C. van Dyke