Tag Archives: Tintoretto

copernicus: and the earth went mobile

The Copernican Revolution. Displacing man and the earth from the center of the universe… …The second important aspect of Copernicus’s work in which he differed from his predecessors is that, far from offering a hint or a suggestion or a … Continue reading

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passion for painting

Isabelle Stuart Gardner’s palace of paintings…. Perhaps the most astonishing single aspect of Fenway Court today is the disparity between its present value and what it cost Mrs. Gardner. Morris Carter, her biographer said, said that what she paid was … Continue reading

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THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS: Stranded in Venice

For a thousand years Venice held, “the gorgeous east in fee” and set its own terms for the West. Then Napoleon saw a bluff…and called it…. In Venice’s finest years she was a hard, unyielding, brilliant sort of state; an … Continue reading

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KEEPING THE DRAMA UNDER CONTROL

His father’s life had been filled with scandal and he spent time in prison. In contrast, Rubens was a devoted family man and led a peaceful life.┬áSir Dudley Carlton, one of his admirers, described Rubens as “prince of painters and … Continue reading

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STRANGE MANNERISMS

The arts had come under grave suspicion as offenders against dignity, restraint and decorum. The tide was running toward a new puritanism in the Roman Catholic Church when the council of the church fathers, originally summoned to set the Church’s … Continue reading

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