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Authors: Müntz, Eugène, 1845-1902
Subjects: Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519
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o was there-fore in Florence at this period.^ In spite of many uncertainties, we are perfectly justified, if onlyfrom the evidences contained in Leonardos early productions, inaffirming that from his very childhood he possessed an extraordinarypower of assimilation ; that his mind took hold upon exterior forms,and made them his own with a facility that amounted to the marvellous.How different to Raphael, who was indebted in turn to the Umbrians,the Florentines, and the antique, before he finally created a typeand a style exclusively his own ! Even Michelangelo, in spite of theoriginality and loftiness of his genius, more than once laid his pre-decessors under contributions, notably Jacopo della Querela andSignorelli, not to mention the Greeks and Romans. Predecessors and contemporaries were alike powerless overLeonardo. Indifferent to the motives created by others, he wasindebted to no man but himself. ^ Richter, vol. i. p. 346, note. Head of a Young If oman. (Tin- I rHZI, li.OKKNCE.)
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