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The Venetian School of Painting by Phillipps

1) Variations in the spelling of names and recording of some questionable dates have been left as printed in the original text.

2) Chapter IX--Sala del Gran Consiio possibly should be Sala del Gran Consiglio.

3) Likely corrections are noted in brackets within the text in the format [TN: . . .].


[Illustration: _Giorgione._ MADONNA WITH S. LIBERALE AND S. FRANCIS. _Castelfranco._ (_Photo, Anderson._)]




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


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.

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