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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

Book reviews,   pp. 613-621 PDF (2.8 MB)


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BOOK REVIEWS
wrote his thoughts and his lore. Pottery
is easily broken, but the broken pieces tell
the story. Basketry is made of perishable
plants, born to die as the season ends.
They are, therefore, among     the most
precious of relics, snatched, as it were,
from death. These baskets are the monu-
ments of the American aboriginal woman.
The preservation of these fragile articles
is a matter of great importance.
  To anyone interested in basketry this
book has its value. To schools teaching
basketry it is invaluable, if only for the
plates given.
   (Indian Basketry, Studies in a Textile
Art Without Machinery, by Otis Tufton
Mason, Doubleday, Page & Company,
New   York, two volumes, size    IO-71/2,
pages 528.)
  Classic Myths in Art is a gathering to-
gether of works of art, especially pictures,
under the heads of the special myths which
they represent. The criticisms are gen-
erally good, many quotations and old
poems are helpful. Miss Addison refers
often to Vernon Lee, and then says "he"
in reference to this personage. As Ver-
non Lee is Miss Violet Paget, well known
as a friend of Browning in Italy, we won-
der at her ignorance regarding the sex of
this well known and essentially feminine
writer. Carefully is scarcely a sufficient
term to apply to Botticelli's drawing of the
hands and feet, perhaps she meant char-
acteristically, the term of Morelli. We
always had a liking for Albani's sleeping
Venus with the dancing Cupids around
her.  It is such a relief to find Venus
asleep for once, and that she surely is in
this picture rather than "idiotic," and the
pretty elves are having such a fine time
that they form a bright contrast to the
woman who is usually on the alert for all
the loves. This is one of the pictures that
Miss Addison utterly condemns.
  The Cupid stung by a bee is given in
connection with Lucas Kranach's old pic-
ture, in which Cupid handles the honey-
comb quite recklessly. This is a variant
of the Greek legend treated in Thor-
waldsen's bas-relief where Cupid has
really been stung and is writhing in pain
as he makes his plaint to his mother.
  Among the greatest pictures described
are Raphael's superb series of Cupid and
Psyche, the frescoes in the Farnesina Pal-
ace at Rome. The book is well illustrated.
   (Classic Myths in Art, by Julia De
Wolf Addison, L. C. Page & Company,
publishers, Boston, Massachusetts, 51/2
by 8 inches, pages 285.)
   Books on rugs were long the want of
the world. Now we have such a succes-
sion of them that it is a question which to
buy. All give some information not given
by the others, and everyone leaves much
of the story of the rug still untold. Miss
Ripley adds something to the others. She
deals more than most of the rug books on
the religious side of the rug, which is
really "its sole excuse for being" and de-
serves special attention. Miss Ripley also
gives more quotations from early writers
than do the other books. We have a chap-
ter on materials; but in this she does not
equal some of the other books. She gives
something of the symbolism of the figures
and the colors, but not nearly enough.
   Miss Ripley makes a very good sugges-
tion, that we analyze the Turkish rug as
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