Studying nature with passion, and all the independence proper to his character, he could not fail to combine precision with liberty, and truth with beauty. It is in this final emancipation, this perfect mastery of modelling, of illumination, and of expression, this breadth and freedom, that the master’s raison d’être and glory consist. Others may have struck out new paths also; but none travelled further or mounted higher than he.
Eugène Müntz (1845-1902) was a member of the Institut de France and curator of the collections of the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and has been one most influential specialists on the Italian Renaissance. He wrote profusely on the great masters of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo. His insightful study of Leonardo da Vinci’s works remains a most complete and universal reference today.
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