By John C. van Dyke
John Charles van Dyke (1856-1932) was once an American artwork historian and critic. He was once born at New Brunswick, N. J., studied at Columbia, and for a few years in Europe. together with his e-book chronicling the heritage of portray from cave work to the fashionable period. totally illustrated.
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Extra info for A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Illustrated Edition)
In the eighth century the Iconoclastic controversy broke out again in fury with the edict of Leo the Isaurian. This controversy was a renewal of the old quarrel in the Church about the use of pictures and images. Some wished them for instruction in the Word; others decried them as leading to idolatry. It was a long quarrel of over a hundred years' duration, and a deadly one for art. When it ended, the artists were ordered to follow the traditions, not to make any new creations, and not to model any figure in the round.
The Sienna frescos by Ambrogio Lorenzetti are strong in facial character, and some of the figures, like that of the white-robed Peace, are beautiful in their flow of line. -1356), Bartolo di Fredi (1330-1410), and Taddeo di Bartolo (1362-1422), were other painters of the school. The late men rather carried detail to excess, and the school grew conventional instead of advancing. ), Fra Angelico (1387-1455), have been put down in art history as the makers of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance painting.
As it left the nature of the classic world and loosened its grasp on things tangible it became feeble and decrepit in its form. While it grew in sentiment and religious fervor it lost in bodily vigor and technical ability. FIG. —CATACOMB FRESCO. CRYPT OF S. CECILIA. THIRD CENTURY. For many centuries the religious motive held strong, and art was the servant of the Church. It taught the Bible truths, but it also embellished and adorned the interiors of the churches. All the frescos, mosaics, and altar-pieces had a decorative motive in their coloring and setting.
A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Illustrated Edition) by John C. van Dyke