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New Light on Old Masters

Naturevolume 135page895 (1935) | Download Citation



IN this book, miraculously compressed to a modest 163 pages, is summarised that fund of information on the painter's methods and materials so authoritatively expounded in Prof. Laurie's earlier volumes. To effect this sweeping condensation, without sacrificing the scientific and historical approach, must have been extraordinarily difficult; but Prof. Laurie, by pursuing the substance rather than the form, has contrived not only to retain practically every significant fact from his earlier works, but also to introduce many new ones. Obviously, he has made certain unwilling sacrifices of style and spaciousness: occasionally, an argument has been so condensed as to lead perilously near to a brilliant non sequitur. But his matter is intensely interesting.

New Light on Old Masters.

By Prof. A. P. Laurie. Pp. 163 + 12 plates. (London: The Sheldon Press; New York: The Macmillan Co., 1935.) 6s. net.

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