Art: Benson Collection Sold

All modern painting had its inception in Italy in that period usually referred to by Anglican historians as the Renaissance but more aptly designated (from the painter's point of view) by the Italians as quartocento and quintocento. More aptly, because painting of the 14th and 15th Centuries did not so much represent a "rebirth of antiquity" (since ancient Greek paintings were not rediscovered then, as were ancient. Greek sculpture and criticism) as a quickening self-consciousness on the part of the individual artist, accompanied by zeal for personal inspection of realities as they...

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