A Caravaggio Rediscovered The Lute Player by Keith Christiansen

By Keith Christiansen

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We can see that the Etruscans observed people without idealizing them and that a love of living is expressed in their 41 art. " H^^H PLATE 23. British Horseman. C. Bronze figure from the cover of a wine jar. PLATE 24. Flute Player. c. Fresco pai^iting in the Tomb of the Leopards. Tarquinia (Itahj) «? ", '^ . <*>•;-, 4 Art as Spiritual Expression The spread of Christianity, toward the end of the Roman Empire, marks a new phase in the story of art. It became an all-important means of education, bringing new ideas to people who could neither read nor write.

In many drawings and paintings, he recorded the activities of the peasants at work in the fields and in theii* homes. During this early period Van Gogh expressed the thought that "An artist must have a warm heart for his fellow men," and he stated his intention of devoting his life to expressVincent van Gogh, a nineteenth-century Dutch painter chiefly in France, is ing the poetry hidden within theii* lives. TJie Potato Eaters (Plate 12) sympathy PLATE 12. for his W. a stiiTing expression of hardworking countiymen.

Us that while he was tending pictures of sheep on flat slabs who happened by and saw He the persuaded the boy's father him to take Giotto into his workshop as an apprentice. There the young boy began with the ordinary work of sweeping floors, grinding pigments, and learning the rules of mosaic work. In his free time he drew from life and explored the new art of fresco painting. While still young, Giotto received a commission for a fresco painting. to allow In this process, tempera-like paints are applied directly to a coat of plaster freshly spread on the walls.

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