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The Italian School

The Art Of Painting - The Italian School - 2, a brief series of articles on the art of painting and drawing
 
 
Besides this picture and " The Adoration of the Magi," the National Gallery contains four ceiling panels, in which the figures are much foreshortened.
National Gallery. An exquisite example of decorative line and broken colour in the draperies.
ST. HELENA. VISION OF THE INVENTION OF THE CROSS

National Gallery. This work well illustrates the sense of solidity and the weight giving effect of carefully contrasted tone values
A VIEW IN VENICE

A unity of colour is preserved throughout this series by what appears to be an under-painting of a greenish grey. The silveriness of Paolo's colour, which distinguishes him from most other Venetians of his time, schemes well with the great gilt mouldings of Venetian ceilings and rich surroundings. With the prudence which distinguishes the great men, it was his wont to paint his mineral colours either in distemper or varnish, for oil discoloured them.


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