This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...to Viterbo their correspondence gave joy to his waning years, and her death in 1547 was the severest blow fate had yet power to ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...to Viterbo their correspondence gave joy to his waning years, and her death in 1547 was the severest blow fate had yet power to inflict upon his old age. The healing influence of a mind like that of Vittoria Colonna upon a reserved unsocial temperament such as, notwithstanding various instances to the contrary, we must conceive Buonarroti's to have been, can hardly be over-estimated. In his younger days he had declared that he neither had nor wished to have any friends, and though totally devoid of envy, and willing to acknowledge the merits of others, as many of his recorded sayings prove, he nowhere appears to have sought, hardly even endured, the society of his celebrated contemporaries. In one of his letters he distinctly accuses Bramante and Raphael d'Urbino of envy, and though we are warranted in deeming the charge illfounded as regards the painter, there can be no doubt that the intriguing spirit of his uncle Bramante must have placed Raphael himself in an unfavourable position towards Buonarroti. It is pleasant, while on this subject, to think of Michael Angelo, at a later date, visiting Raphael while the latter was engaged on the Farnesina frescoes, and leaving, by way of a good-humoured challenge to the absent artist, the gigantic head in chalk which still remains in one of the compartments of the ceiling. But to the softer female influences, above all, he was at all times impassive. With Hamlet he might with truth say, " Man delights me not, nor woman neither," and although to this limitation of his sympathies may be due that concentration of his mind upon highest themes to which much of his sublime conceptions are due, it cannot be doubted that his works would have gained in grace, his manners have lost somewhat of asperity, had he...Read Less
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