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NICOLAS ABATI, ALIAS NICOLO DEL ABBATE.

Nicolas Abati was born at Modéne, in 1512, and for that reason was sometimes designed by that of Nicolas of Modéne. His father, John Abati, sold small plaster figures, in which it is said there was a certain merit. His son became the pupil of Anthony Begarelli, an artist little known now but who at that time had some repulation.

Nicolas worked at Modéne, and performed for the university of that town, such valuable paintings, that Augustus Carrache in one of his sonnets says: « Nicolas possesses the regularity of Raphael, the tragic of Michel-Ange, the natural of Titian, the nobleness of Corregio, the composition of Tibaldi and the gracefulness of Parmesan.» Though perhaps this praise may be rather extravagant, yet it shows that the painter had a true merit, acknowledged by another artist equally skilful.

Nicolas Abati came to France in 1552, where he gave a good help to Primatice, who was known by the name of the abbot of Saint Martin. Thinking Nicolas was a pupil of that master, he was then designed by the name of Nicolo del Abbate. He worked very hard at Fontainebleau, and in the ancient castle of Meudon. It is he himself who painted in fresco all the paintings of the gallery of Ulysses at Fontainebleau, now destroyed, but engraven by Van Thulden. He has also painted the chapel of hotel Soubise at Paris and

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PARIS BORDONE.

Paris Bordone naquit à Trévise en 1500. Ses parens étaient nobles, et l'envoyèrent à Venise pour y faire son éducation. L'inclination qu'il ressentit pour la peinture l'engagea à fréquenter l'école du Titien, où il se trouva le condisciple du Giorgion, dont il chercha à étudier la manière; mais il finit par s'en faire une très-gracieuse et tout-à-fait originale.

De retour à Trévise, Bordone fit plusieurs tableaux trèsestimés; sa réputation s'étendit bientôt hors de sa patrie, il fut appelé en France en 1558, pour faire le portrait du roi, François II. Il fit ensuite ceux du duc de Guise, du cardinal de Lorraine et de plusieurs dames de la cour.

Avant de revenir dans sa patrie, Bordone passa quelques temps à Milan, puis à Augsbourg, alla ensuite à Venise, où il fit plusieurs tableaux, et y mourut en 1570, âgé de

70 ans.

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PARIS BORDONE.

Paris Bordone was born at Trevise in 1500. His parents who were noble, sent him to Venice for his education. The inclination he experienced for painting induced him to frequent Titian's academy, where he became the condisciple of Giorgion, whose manner he endeavoured to study, nay, he contrived acquiring a most gracious and quite original one.

Being returned to Trevise, Bordone performed several very valuable pictures; his fame soon extended beyond his country, he was called to France in 1558, to design the portrait of king Francis II. He afterwards made those of the duke of Guise, cardinal of Lorraine and several ladies of the court.

Before he came back to his country, Bordone spent some time at Milan, then at Augsbourg, and afterwards returned to Venice, where he painted many pictures, and died there in 1570, aged 70.

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GEORGE BARBARELLI, DIT LE GIORGION.

George Barbarelli naquit en 1478, à Castel-Franco, dans la marche de Trévise. Élève des frères Bellini, il abandonna bientôt la manière mesquine de ces maîtres, pour se livrer à toute la hardiesse de son génie entreprenant. Nul avant lui n'avait possédé un maniement de pinceau aussi ferme, une composition aussi noble, ni l'art de produire autant d'effet , à une certaine distance.

Vasari prétend que c'est en étudiant les ouvrages de Léonard de Vinci, que Giorgion a trouvé ces grandes et nobles inspirations qui le distinguent éminemment, mais cela est fort douteux; ce qui ne l'est pas, c'est que Titien son condisciple fut d'abord son admirateur, et bientôt son imitateur. Giorgion se brouilla bientôt avec son émule, quand il vit le parti qu'il avait su tirer de l'étude de ses tableaux.

Les ouvrages de cet artiste furent en grande partie exécutés à fresque sur les façades de plusieurs maisons de Venise. Il n'en reste aujourd'hui que quelques débris. Ses tableaux à l'huile sont assez rares, il fait davantage de portraits que l'on conserve avec grands soins, dans quelques collections ; mais ils sont moins nombreux que ceux du Titien, sa vie n'ayant été que du tiers de celle de ce célèbre peintre.

George Barbarelli mourut à Venise en 1511, âgé de 33 ans.

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GEORGE BARBARELLI, ALIAS LE GIORGION.

George Barbarelli was born in 1478, at Castel-Franco, in the march of Trevise. He was a pupil of the brothers Bellini, but soon forsook the stingy manner of those masters to give himself up to all the boldness of his enterprising genius. None before him had ever handled a pencil in such a steady bold way, had such a noble composition, nor the art of producing such an admirable effect at a certain distance.

Vasari maintains that it is in studying the works of Leonard de Vinci that Giorgion became possessor of those great and noble inspirations which eminently distinguish him, that is greatly doubtful; but what is most doubtless, is, that Titian his condisciple was at first his admirer, and soon after his imitator. Giorgion was not long in picking a quarrel with his competitor, when he saw the advantage he had reaped from the study of his pictures.

The works of this artist were mostly executed in fresco on the fronts of several houses at Venice. There now only remains a heap of rubbish. His oil-paintings are pretty scarce, he has performed many more portraits which are carefully kept up in a few collections; but they are less numerous than Titian's, his life having been but the third part of that celebrated painter.

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