By Jacob Bean

The amassing of drawings used to be lengthy the province of artists themselves. The Florentine Vasari shaped one of many first substantial and systematic collections of drawings, and his instance used to be by means of Rembrandt, Rubens, Lely, Reynolds, and Lawrence. nice eu museums—the Uffizi, the Louvre, the Berlin Museum, and the British Museum—have outdated and significant collections of drawings. In the US public curiosity in drawings is a reasonably fresh improvement our public collections have brief histories. That of the Metropolitan Museum is likely one of the oldest within the state, and this is often end result of the foresight of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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The accumulating of drawings was once lengthy the province of artists themselves. The Florentine Vasari shaped one of many first massive and systematic collections of drawings, and his instance used to be through Rembrandt, Rubens, Lely, Reynolds, and Lawrence. nice eu museums—the Uffizi, the Louvre, the Berlin Museum, and the British Museum—have outdated and significant collections of drawings.

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First, the story answers Sigmund Freud’s quintessential question: What do women really want? Actually, as Aretino’s Dialogues trenchantly points out, they clearly want money, and lots of it. More importantly, they want to be acknowledged as being equal to men. Second, it’s as good as anything Shakespeare ever wrote. ” The work is classified as a comedy but it’s much more; in fact, it’s the most penetrating psychosexual study of Rome during the height of the Italian Renaissance when Rome was the most decadent city in the world.

His contribution to classical scholarship is considered second only to Petrarch and Boccaccio. I should point out that it was actually Boccaccio who established the first Greek Chair at the University of Florence, but the problem was there was no one qualified to fill it. Greek was a dead language in Italy prior to the arrival of Chrysolaras. ” How could Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio know so much about classical Greek literature when classical literature in their day was limited to Latin? That’s the thing about history: it doesn’t have to make sense.

In fact, no factual character, not even his beloved Ovid, receives such praise, which further fascinated me and propelled me to investigate Julio Romano’s amazing life. That’s how I serendipitously discovered his partner in crime, Pietro Aretino. The consensus among scholars, biographers, critics and sleuths who study Shakespeare (and are aware of the tantalizing Julio Romano passage in The Winter’s Tale), is that they have absolutely no clue why Shakespeare, a man who chose his words like a Hasidic diamond dealer, would bestow upon Romano such rare distinction selecting him to create a statue in one of his plays.

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