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Its low relief and supple line reveal a positive avoidance of Masaccio's example; it is a masterpiece of Florentine fifteenth-century portraiture in another manner. This manner, in which line predominates lyrically, develops in the work of Fra Filippo Lippi (V. 140669), an orphan placed in the Carmine monastery and possibly the pupil of Masaccio. His early fresco fragments in the light filters the St Lucy altarpiece Carmine there is (pi. still 46) show that influence, and a solidity and exploration of space in the Annunciation (pi.

Florence was passing chaotically celli is learned programme drawn up by a tame humanist; the subject of both these great pictures has sprung his imagination. They are probably the first mythological paintings to breathe an intensity previously reserved for Christian subjects. Botticelli's very late pictures are shaken by emotion, ecstatic with joy or grief. The Pieta (pi. 60) is almost a cry of pain. The black-clad Madonna swoons in the agony of the moment, and the smooth nearly un- 42 out of stability and prosperity under Lorenzo The last de' Medici into a new age.

His large Labours of Hercules for the Medici palace long ago disappeared, but the fierceness of action in them is specially praised who artist. by Vasari. And the archers ring round the defenceless saint in the Martyrdom of St Sebastian altarpiece (pi. j)) have a brutal, ferocious power; their muscular actions interest Pollaiuolo much more than does their passive victim. Not only is anatomy studied with scientific precision, but the landscape is recorded with equal exactitude. The poetry of motion in more gentle mood is exquisitely conveyed in the tiny Apollo and Daphne (pi.

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