Florentine Sculptors of the Renaissance (Classic Reprint)
The conditions of Florentine society were peculiarly conduciv to the revival of those germs of art that had lain dormant in th Etruscan soil for wellnigh two thousand years to blossom once more in tenfold glory. The free form of government an part and interest taken by every citizen in the artists every facility for unrestrained development, while predominance of certain wealthy families, especially the Me supplied the necessary practical aid. But it was not from capricious favour or the autocratic will of a tyrant, but from general and all-pervading sympathy with h art drew her chief encouragement and supp of emulation which alike inspired the citizens, the Guilds, ecclesiastical communities to build and decorate the public edifi plastic art in particular found scope for unlimited activity till fall of Florentine liberty.
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