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February 1980

Vol. 122 | No. 923

The Burlington Magazine

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  • Front Matter

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  • Four Miniatures from a Thirteenth Century Apocalypse: A Recent Discovery

    By Oxana Ivanchenko,George Henderson

    IN THE Department of Manuscripts in the State Lenin Library in Moscow is an album, numbered 1678, containing a collection of miniatures cut from various manuscripts, the majority (of rather mediocre quality) from French fourteenth-century Missals. The four miniatures published here are from an Anglo-French Apocalypse. They are typical of the Early Gothic Apocalypses that were widespread in England and northern France in the thirteenth century. 

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  • The Emperor Sigismund and the Santa Maria Maggiore Altar-Piece

    By Allan Braham

    THE well-known account of an altar-piece in Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, which Vasari added to his biography of Masaccio for the second edition of the Lives, has gradually proved to be a less fanciful distortion than might at first appear: 'He also made panels in tempera which have been lost or destroyed in the troubled times of Rome; one being in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in a little chapel near the Sacristy, wherein are four saints, so well wrought that they appear to be in relief, and in the midst of them is S. Maria della Neve, with the portrait from nature of Pope Martin, who is tracing out the foundations of that church with a hoe, and beside him is the Emperor Sigismund II. Michelangelo and I were one day examining this work, when he praised it much, and then added that these men were alive in Masaccio's time.'

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  • Tuscan Primitives in London Sales: 1801-1837

    By Dorothy Lygon,Francis Russell

    IT IS a commonplace that the English made a decisive and continuous contribution to the revival of interest in early Italian painting. Hugford was among the earliest to forge and Patch systematically to record early Tuscan frescoes, while the Earl-Bishop was perhaps the first to aspire to form a collection representative of Italian painting from Ciambue to the masters of his own generation - an aspiration which many museum directors still share today. The taste and achievement of such individuals as Roscos, Fox-Strangways, Sanford and Landor in the first third of the nineteenth century can still be studied in the surviving portions of the collections they formed, while the Gambier-Parry bequest to the Courtauld Institute preserves one of the greatest pictures and works of art, though only at the cost of uprooting these from Highnam and banishing much of the collection to the storeroom. 

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  • Meditations on a Chapel

    By Helen Ronan

    CONJECTURES concerning a direct or indirect literary source for Giotto's fresco programme in the Arena Chapel have teased the mind of students of the trecento. No specific text has been found which matches detail for detail the chapel scenes of the lives of the Virgin and Christ. Much research has been done on the cycle and its artist, and the suggestion has frequently been made that Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend served as the guide for the particulars of the scenes. An examination of some of the paintings, however, reveals several intriguing correspondences with another of the popular religious texts of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Meditations on the Life of Christ. Written by a Franciscan for a Poor Clare as an aid in her contemplation, the text, like the Golden Legend, frequently fills in narrative details not contained in the gospels. 

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  • Back Matter

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  • Names on Trees, Ariosto into Art

    By Erika Langmuir
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  • Romanesque Art

    By Willibald Sauerländer
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  • Shino and Oribe Ceramics [and: Kano Eitoku]

    By Margaret Medley
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  • Indian Medieval Sculpture

    By Douglas Barrett
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  • Civilita di Venezia

    By J. P. Hodin
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  • The Picturesque Garden in France

    By A. A. Tait
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  • Dirnen, Krieger, Narren. Ausgewaehlte Zeichnungen von Urs Graf

    By John Rowlands
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  • Printmaking in Britain. A General History from Its Beginnings to the Present Day

    By Judy Egerton
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  • L'Oeuvre grave de Francois Boucher dans la Collection Edmond de Rothschild

    By Regina Shoolman
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  • The Painters of Ireland c. 1620-1920

    By Robin Hamlyn
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  • Degas

    By Brian Petrie
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  • Matisse in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art [and: The Cut-Outs of Henry Matisse]

    By Nicholas Watkins
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  • Sèvres Porcelain at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

    By Rosalind Savill
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  • Newcastle. The British Art Show

    By Richard Shone
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  • Two Scottish Arts Council Shows [Edward Ardizzone and Graven Images]

    By Alan Bell
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  • Harry Clarke at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin

    By Alistair Rowan
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  • Amsterdam. Dutch Silver

    By Elka Schrijver
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  • Stuttgart [German Drawings from the Renaissance and Baroque at the Staatsgalerie]

    By Graham Dry
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  • Berlin [Kirchner at the Nationalgalerie]

    By John Sillevis
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  • Rome. Disegni del seicento romano, di Lazzaro Baldi, Guglielmo Cortese, Giacinto e Ludovico Gimignani

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