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Madonna of the Future, Henry James
     

Madonna of the Future, Henry James

by Henry James
 
A city of myth and masterpieces, Florence, Italy, has been drawing travelers to its streets for hundreds of years. It’s there we find Theobald, a passionate and ready speaker with the poor-bohemian aura of a great artist. Theobald was known to all of expatriate Florence, but more for his great soliloquies than his great works. Like many before him and many

Overview

A city of myth and masterpieces, Florence, Italy, has been drawing travelers to its streets for hundreds of years. It’s there we find Theobald, a passionate and ready speaker with the poor-bohemian aura of a great artist. Theobald was known to all of expatriate Florence, but more for his great soliloquies than his great works. Like many before him and many after, Theobald had come to Italy from America to be an artist, and he dreamed obsessively of creating his own great masterpiece, a Madonna. But, the city proves as likely to consume him as to inspire him as, surrounded by the great works of Cellini, Raphael, and Michelangelo, Theobald’s resolve, his talent, and even his very self, seem to dissolve. Henry James wrote dozens of works--fiction and nonfiction--on art and artists. This early story remains one of his most endearing and is a great introduction both to James’s work, and to the late-nineteenth century art world and art fiction. This electronic edition of James’s classic text has been newly set, carefully edited, and fully optimized for e-book reading. As a bonus, it includes a mini, illustrated and annotated tour map of the Florence Henry James knew and loved.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013998353
Publisher:
Hol Art Books
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Series:
Hol Art Classics , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
933 KB

Meet the Author

American-born writer Henry James (1843-1916) was encouraged at an early age by artist John La Farge to turn his "painter's eye" to writing. James ultimately wrote scores of works--fiction and non-fiction--on as many subjects, but the visual arts proved to be a lifelong interest. Ultimately, over his long and fruitful career, James wrote dozens of art reviews, essays, short stories and novels concerning visual art; as well as a lifetime's worth of travel notes on art he saw, and correspondence with artists he knew.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 15, 1843
Date of Death:
February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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