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Summary of the Book 'A History Of Art For Beginners And Students':
A History of is a 1971 non-fiction book by physicist Petr Beckmann that presents a laymans introduction to the concept of the mathematical constant Pi. Beckmann was a Czechoslovakian who fled the Communist regime to come to the United States his dislike of authority gives A History of a style that belies its dry title. For example his chapter on the era following the classical age of ancient Greece is titled The Roman Pest he calls the Catholic Inquisition the act of insane religious fanatic and he says that people who question public spending on scientific research are intellectual cripples who drivel about too much technology because technology has wounded them with the ultimate insult: They cant understand it any more.
Excerpts from the Book 'A History Of Art For Beginners And Students':
... OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA TO THE RENAISSANCE, 41 THE EARLY PERIOD, 42 THE CENTRAL, OR ROMANESQUE PERIOD, 50 THE FINAL, OR GOTHIC PERIOD, 54. * CHAPTER ... ... the king to sacrifice his daughter in order to appease the wrath of Diana. Agamemnon consented but it is said that the goddess was so sorry for ... ... will show you how it appeared when found. It represents the mythological story of the punishment of Niobe, and is very beautiful in its design. VASE-PAINTING. Vase-painting ... ... painter, LIPPO MEMMI. The most important works of Simone which remain are at Siena in the Palazzo Pubblico and in the Lower Church at Assisi. There ... ... a time misfortunes overtook the Duke, and Leonardo was reduced to poverty finally Il Moro was imprisoned and in 1500 Leonardo returned to Florence, ... ... one for many reasons that we have not space to tell. While he lived there were wars and great changes in Italy he served also under nine popes, ... ... the lute well, and composed many of the songs he sang he had also an intense love of beauty-in short, his whole nature was full of sentiment and ... ... wealthy German jeweller, upon the condition that she should remain in her father's house. She was celebrated for her beauty, had fine musical talents, ... ... own mind, and into that idea of beauty which I have formed in my own imagination.. We are told that he always tried to paint his ideal of beauty ... ... he sometimes excelled Rubens himself in the golden glow which is much admired in his works. Many sacred pictures by Jordaens are seen in the churches ... ... a very early school of Dutch painters, dating back to the fourteenth century even but the records of it are so imperfect, and so few pictures remain ... ... Academy of Arts. It has been said that Fuseli, the learned art critic, and Sir Joshua Reynolds, the great artist, both asked her hand in marriage. Some ... ... only exceeded by that of Italy. The distinguishing feature of Spanish art is its gravity, or we may almost say its strictly religious character, for, ... ... the studio of his master, Pareja showed him a picture of his own painting, and throwing himself at Philip's feet begged pardon for his audacity. Both ... ... him very much, and his praise is more valuable than it would be if it came from one of Claude's own countrymen. He says: Far more oundly than all other ... ... for Boston, as it was there he was born it was there he received his artistic bias and education it was there he was married, and had three children ... ... contemporary history with figures dressed in the costume of the day. But West depicted each officer and soldier in his uniform, and gave every man his ... ... be the most wonderful and admirable of Turner's realisms. Ruskin calls it his central picture, illustrating his perfect power. Of Turner's wonderful ... ... Cardinal, portrait by Lawrence, 271. Cook's Southern Coast, illustrated by Turner, 282. Cooper, Samuel, 249. Copley, John Singleton, ... ... 269-271 portrait of West, 266. Lear (West), 266. Le Brun, Charles, 238. Lee, Colonel and Mrs., portraits by Copley, 260. Lely, Sir Peter, ...