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Summary of the Book 'A Wanderer In Florence':
Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas K.C.B. K.C.M.G. (1853-1931) was a civil servant and historian of Welsh extraction. Lucas was born at Crickhowell Brecon Wales. He was the grandson of Dr. Henry John Lucas (1773-1840) and Jenetta Illtyda (1776-1821) and son of Henry Lucas. His sister Mary Anne Lucas married the first Baron Glanusk. Lucas was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College Oxford. Lucas was called to the bar Lincolns Inn on 30 April 1885.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Wanderer In Florence':
... two Sienese painters who have made the gayest thing in this room, the predella, No. 1304, by Neroccio di Siena (1447-1500) and Francesco di Giorgio ... ... a painter of battle scenes, was so fond of birds that he was known as Uccello (a bird) and now has no other name Pietro Vannucci coming from Perugia ... ... dream of Fiesole as desirable, and to murmur its beautiful syllables, is not best. Let me sit Here by the window with your hand in ... ... of him which the Republic set up in the cathedral his head on a beautiful inlaid door in the Palazzo Vecchio, the building where his sentence of ... ... the head is sheer Leonardo. At the Palazzo Vecchio we saw Verrocchio's boy with the dolphin-that happy bronze lyric-and outside Or San Michele his ... ... meant a stupid, dull man. Donatello, chagrined, had recourse to what has always been a popular retort to critics, and challenged him to make ... ... it, embedded in the midst, and hew and chip until it disclosed? On the back of the fourth statue on the left a monkish face has been incised: probably ... ... library at S. Lorenzo and on his death he left them to the monks. Cosimo's librarian was Tommaso Parenticelli, a little busy man, who, to the ... ... cloisters, having a great shady tree in the midst with a seat round it, and flowers, are the Fra Angelicos I have mentioned. The other painting is ... ... metal taken from the Italians' ancient enemies the Turks, while the fountains are by Tacca, Giovanni's pupil, who made the bronze boar at the Mercato ... ... Ghirlandaio's chief influences, however, were Masaccio, at the Carmine, Fra Lippo Lippi, and Verrocchio, who is thought also to have been Baldovinetti's ... ... from an ancient marble original, now in the Uffizi, at the top of the entrance stairs but the pedestal with its collection of creeping things is ... ... Child on this wall, the better being No. 63, which is both sweet and masterly. In No. 56 the Child becomes a pretty Spanish boy playing with a rosary, ... ... the son of a notary, was born in 1402. His master is not known, but Tommaso Fini or Masolino, born in 1383, is often named. Vasari states that ... ... set upon the earth, and at its side this delicate, slender marble creature, all gaiety and lightness, which as surely springs from roots within the ... ... all and with the co-operation of Girolamo Riario, nephew of the Pope, and Salviati, Archbishop of Pisa. The Pazzi, who were not only opposed to ... ... are remarkable enough results, but when we recollect also that Brunelleschi's defeat led to the building of the cathedral dome, the significance of ... ... in Etruscan remains and the excavations at Arezzo and elsewhere which yielded the priceless relics now at the Archaeological Museum. With ... ... of old Cosimo de' Medici, and are by Michelangelo's assistants. The Madonna was intended for the altar of the sacristy. Into this work the sculptor ... ... and contains nothing but maps of the world: the most decorative things conceivable, next to Chinese paintings. Looking naturally for Sussex ...