Excerpts from the Preface:
There are a variety of guide-books, catalogues, and
histories of the eu galleries, yet, regrettably
for the gallery customer, they're both utterly descrip-
tive of seen evidence or they're historic and ar-
chaeological approximately concerns just a little faraway from paintings
itself. In them the gist of an image its price or suggest-
ing as paintings is mostly omitted in silence. it sort of feels
that there's a few desire of a consultant that shall say much less
about the well-worn saints and extra in regards to the guy
behind the paint-brush; that shall take care of photographs
from the painter's perspective, instead of that of
the ecclesiastic, the archaeologist, or the literary ro-
mancer; that shall have a few feel of percentage in
the choice and feedback of images; that shall have
a severe foundation for discrimination among the great and
the undesirable; and that shall, for those purposes, be of ser-
vice to the traveling public in addition to to the artwork student.
This sequence of guide-books makes an attempt to satisfy those
requirements. They deal purely with the so-called " outdated
masters." while the previous masters came across the
scene, flourished, and ceased to exist could be deter-
mined by means of their spirit in addition to by means of their dates. In
Italy the culture of the craft were confirmed
before Giotto and was once carried on via Benozzo, Botti-
celli, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, even right down to Tie-
polo within the eighteenth century. however the past due males,
the males of the Decadence, usually are not pointed out right here
because in their exaggerated sentiment, their inferior
workmanship in brief, the decay of the culture of
the craft. In France the fifteenth-century primitives
are thought of, and likewise the sixteenth-century males,
including Claude and Poussin; however the paintings of the
Rigauds, Mignards, Coypels, Watteaus, and Bouchers
seems of a fantastically glossy spirit and doesn't be-
long the following. this is often both actual of all English portray
from Hogarth to the current time. In Spain we cease
with the varsity of Velasquez, in Germany and the
Low international locations with the seventeenth-century males.
The sleek painters, right down to the current day, up to now
as they're present in the general public galleries of Europe,
will possibly shape a separate guide-book, which by means of its
very quandary to trendy portray will be greater
treated on its own.
Only the easiest photos one of the previous masters are
chosen for remark. this doesn't suggest, although,
that in simple terms the nice masterpieces were thought of.
There are, for example, notes upon a few 3 hun-
dred photographs within the Venice Academy, upon 5 hun-
dred within the Uffizi Gallery, and a few 600 in
the Louvre or the nationwide Gallery, London. different
galleries are handled within the related share. however it
has now not been idea worthy whereas to delve deeply into
the paternity of images by means of third-rate primitives or
to supply house to mediocre or ruined examples through even
celebrated painters. The benefits that now exist in a
canvas, and will be noticeable via any clever observer,
are the positive aspects insisted upon herein.
In giving the relative rank of images, a method of
starring has been undefined.
Mention with out a famous person shows an image of benefit,
otherwise it should now not were chosen from the
given assortment in any respect.
One big name (*) ability an image of greater than normal
importance, even if it's by means of an outstanding or by means of a medi-
Two stars (**) exhibits a piece of excessive rank as artwork,
quite despite its painter's identify, and should accept
to an image attributed to a college or through a painter un-
Three stars (***) indicates an exceptional masterpiece.
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