The faultless painter

February 26 2014

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?

[Footnote: Browning, R.: Andrea del Sarto, ll. 97-98.]

Andrea del Sarto was regarded highly by his contemporaries. Michelangelo introduced Vasari to him. Vasari, however, was critical of his teacher, alleging that he had the skill of a great artist, but lacked the divine fire which animated the work of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael. Browning’s poem is a dramatic monologue in which Andrea addresses his unfaithful wife Lucrezia.

A Study of History, Vol VII, OUP, 1954

2 Responses to “The faultless painter”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    I say Andrea, not Del Sarto, because Del Sarto is as wrong as Da Vinci. One of many things Dan Brown does not know.

  2. davidderrick Says:

    Browning’s Andrea points out that Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael were not married, but he, Andrea, was.


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