By John C. van Dyke
John Charles van Dyke (1856-1932) used to be an American paintings historian and critic. He used to be born at New Brunswick, N. J., studied at Columbia, and for a few years in Europe. along with his publication chronicling the historical past of portray from cave work to the trendy period. totally illustrated.
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It was the classic figure and the classic costume, and those who produced the painting of the early period were the degenerate painters of the classic world. The figure was rather short and squat, coarse in the joints, hands, and feet, and almost expressionless in the face. 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.
Croce, Spanish chapel S. M. )); Agnolo Gaddi frescos in choir S. Croce, S. , frescos S. Croce Florence; Antonio Veneziano, frescos in ceiling of Spanish chapel, S. M. Novella, Campo Santo Pisa; Orcagna, altar-piece Last Judgment and Paradise Strozzi chapel S. M. Novella, S. Zenobio Duomo, Saints Medici chapel S. Croce, Descent of Holy Spirit Badia Florence, altar-piece Nat. Gal. ; Spinello Aretino, Life of St. Benedict S. , Barbarossa frescos Palazzo Publico Sienna; Andrea da Firenze, Church Militant, Calvary, Crucifixion Spanish chapel, Upper series of Life of S.
CHAMBER IN CATACOMBS, SHOWING WALL DECORATION. ART MOTIVES: As in the ancient world, there were two principal motives for painting in early Christian times—religion and decoration. Religion was the chief motive, but Christianity was a very different religion from that of the Greeks and Romans. The Hellenistic faith was a worship of nature, a glorification of humanity, an exaltation of physical and moral perfections. It dealt with the material and the tangible, and Greek art appealed directly to the sensuous and earthly nature of mankind.
A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Illustrated Edition) by John C. van Dyke