The National Gallery Schools of Painting by Michael Levey

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Exactly Piero di woman lies dying, or perhaps and head crouch a dog and a shagg\" as the faun tends the what classical story is woman yet seems powerless to illustrated remains unclear. Vthat is Cosimos profound empathy with wild creatures and lonely places. " to death in this Arcadia of dogs woman's bier. It is not surprising that the painter of this picture once devised for the carnival in Florence a fantastic Car of Death, eccentric, and that he himself was considered an with his fears about dying, his fondness for animals and his indifference to worldlv success.

Doctor. Signorelli's studies of the the male body. in his lifetime but despite his Last Judgement frescoes in the cathedral in end of the nineteenth century, and for a French physician. and Child with Saints and the angels Saint Christina, to flying overhead to depict whom de Rutenis had a special devotion, having built a chapel dedicated to her, where this painting originally hung. 45 e ANTONELLO da Messina (active Portrait of a In its quiet way, this is in such close-up, minute Man one of themost compelling andmemorable of all the portraits in the Gallery, partly because of less precisely 1456, died 1479) detail, down its flawless technique, to the stubble which records the sitter covering his cheeks and throat.

Madonna's throne. The visual clarity seems a reflection of intellectual symbolised this large- clarity, well tross lightly clasped by the Baptist. All is serene and day lit. in an atmosphere very different from Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks' (p. 5"). 60 Here no doubts or problems exist - only solutions. S RAPHAEL (1483-1520) PopeJulius II The rising tide of Raphael's patronage. For Pope Julius II successful career carried he frescoed a series of rooms him to Rome and papal in the Vatican, including, in {\\q School ofAthens, the quintessence of High Renaissance Pope was The a thoroughly Renaissance figure, a successor to Saint Peter whose the Stanza dellaSegnatura, ideals.

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