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making any auswer, immediately fixed his/ the public, he really believed there were eye on the little chest, in which the above above a hundred lampoons published against mentioned statue was very plainly to be him, which contained all the vilest ribaldry seen; then shaking his bead, he turned to that could enter into the imagination of the the duke, and said, with a scornful sneer, rabble. To this I answered, “ My lord, when ‘My lord, this is one of those things I have your great artist, Michael Angelo Buonarotti, so often spoken to your excellency about ; exhibited his sacristy, in which so many depend upon it, the ancients knew nothing beautiful figures are to be seen, the memof the anatomy of the parts, and for that bers of the admirable school of Florence, reason their works abound with errors.' I which loves and encourages genius wherever stood silent, and gave no attention to what it displays itself, published above a hundred he had advanced, but on the contrary turned sonnets wherein they vie with each other my back to him. When the fool had made which should praise him most; and as Banan end of his nonsensical harangue, the duke, dinello deserved all the ill that was said addressing himself to me, said, “Benve- of his work, so Michael Angelo merited the nuto, this is quite the reverse of what you highest encomiunis that were bestowed on his awhile ago so much boasted, and seemed to performance. Upon my expressing myprove by so many specious arguments : so self thus, Bandinello was incensed to such a endeavor to defend your own cause.' To degree, that he was ready to burst with fury, these words of the duke, which were spoken and turning to me said, “What faults bave with great mildness, I answered, My lord, you to find with my statues ?" I answered, your excellency is to understand that Baccio 'I will soon tell them, if you have but the Bandinello is a compound of every thing patience to hear me. He replied, “Tell that is bad, and so he has always been ; in- | them then. The duke and all present lissomuch, that whatsoever he looks at is by his tened with the utmost attention. I began fascinating eyes, however superlatively good by premising that I was sorry to be obliged in itself, immediately converted into some- to lay before him all the blemishes of his thing supremely evil : but I, who am in work, and that I was not so properly deliverclined to good alone, see the truth through ing my own sentiments, as declaring what a happier medium ; so that all I mentioned was said of it by the ingenious school of awhile ago to your excellency concerning Florence. However, as the fellow at one that beautiful figure is strictly and liter-time said something disobliging, at another ally true, and what Bandinello has said of made some offensive gesture with his hands it is purely the result of his own innate ma or his feet, he put me into such a passion
that I behaved with a rudeness which I “ The duke seemed to hear me with plea- should otherwise have avoided. sure, and whilst I expressed myself thus, “The ingenious school of Florence,' said Bandinello writhed himself into a variety of I, declares what follows:-If the hair of your contortions, and made his face, which was Hercules were shaved off, there would not by nature very ugly, quite hideous by his remain skull enough to hold his brains ; frightful grimaces. Immediately the duke, with regard to his face, it is hard to disquitting the hall, went down to the ground-tinguish whether it be the face of a man or floor apartments, and Bandinello after him: that of a creature something between a lion the gentlemen of the bed-chamber, pulling and an ox; it discovers no attention to what me by the cloak, encouraged me to go after it is about; and it is so badly set upon the him ; so we followed the duke till he sat neck, with so little art and so ungraceful a himself down in one of the rooms, and Ban. manner, that a more shocking piece of work dipello and I placed ourselves one on his was never seen; his great brawny back reright, the other on his left. I remained si- sembles the two pommels of an ass's packlent, and many of the duke's servants who saddle; his breasts and their muscles bear stood round kept their eyes fixed on Ban- no similitude to those of a man, but appear dinello, tittering when they recollected what like a sack of melons; as he leans directly I had said to him in the hall above. Ban- against the wall, the small of the back has dinello again began to chatter, and said, that the appearance of a bag filled with long cuwhen he exhibited his Hercules and Cacus to cumbers; it is impossible to conceive in what
manner the two legs are fastened to this dis- | the most worthless wretches upon earth torted figure, for it is hard to distinguish should have the impudence to affront me upon which ley he stands, or upon which he in so gross a manner in the presence of exerts any effort of his strength, nor does he a great prince; but the reader should appear to stand upon both, as he is some at the same time take into consideratimes represented by those masters of the tion, that on this occasion the duke was afart of statuary wbo know something of their fronted and not I, for had I not been in his business ; it is plain, too, that the statue in august presence, I should have killed the clines more than one-third of a cubit forward, villain upon the spot. Perceiving that the and this is the greatest and the most insup. noble personages present never once ceased portable blunder which pretenders to sculp- laughing, this low buffoon, to divert them ture are guilty of; as for the arms, they from deriding himn, began to change the subboth hang down in the most awkward and ject, and said, “This Benvenuto here goes ungraceful manner imaginable, and so little about making it his boast, that I promised art is displayed in them, that people would him a block of marble.' 'How,' said I, inbe almost tempted to think that you never terrupting him, "did you not send word by saw a naked man in your life; the right your journeyman, Francis Matteo Fabbro, ley of Hercules and that of Cacus touch that if I chose to work in marble, you would at the middle of their calves, and, if they make me a present of a piece? Did I not were to be separated, not one of them only, accept that offer, and don't I still require of but both would remain without a calf in the you the performance of your promise ? He place where they touch: besides, one of the replied then, Depend upon it, you shall Hercules's feet is quite buried, and the other never have it.' Thereupon I, who was inseems to have fire under it.' Thus I went on, censed to the highest pitch by bis former but the man could no longer stay with abuse, being suddenly deprived of my reason, patience to hear the defects of his figure of as it were, forgot for a moment that I was Cacus enumerated; one reason was that in the presence of the duke, and cried out what I said was true, the other, that I made to him in a passion: ‘In plain terms, either the duke perfectly acquainted with his real send the marble to my house, or think of character, as well as the rest of those present, another world, for I will infallibly send you who discovered the greatest symptoms of out of this :' but immediately recollecting surprise imaginable, and began to be sensi- that I was in the presence of so great a ble that all I said was true. The brutish prince, I turned with an air of humility to fellow thereupon said, “O thou slanderer, bis excellency, and said, • My lord, one fool dost thou say nothing of my design ? I makes a hundred; the folly of this man has answered that he who drew a good one, made me forget your excellency's glory, and could never work ill, and that I was con myself, for which I humbly beg your lordvinced his design was of a piece with his ship’s pardon. The duke addressing himworks. Seeing that the duke and all present self to Bandinello, asked him whether it was showed, by their sarcastic looks and gestures, true that he had promised me the marble. that they thought the censure of his perform- Bandinello answered it was. The duke thereance to be just, he let his insolence entirely upon said to me, « Return to your work and get the better of him, and, turning about to take a piece of marble to your liking.? I reme with the most brutish physiognomy, as- plied that he had promised to send me one sailed me with the most infamous epithets. to my own house. Terrible words passed When he expressed himself thus, the duke upon the occasion and I insisted upon reand all present frowned upon him, and dis- ceiving it in that manner and no other.” covered symptoms of the bighest displeasure. But we should stretch this article beyond I, though full of passion, thought it best to all reasonable limits, did we go on any treat him with ridicule, and succeeded so longer quoting scene after scene from this well, that none present could contain them- most amusing of autobiographies. Suffice selves, but both the duke and all present set it to say, that in 1570 Benvenuto Cellini at up a loud laugh. Though I endeavored to length died at Florence, which he had so put a good face upon the matter, I was greatly contributed to adorn, where he had ready to burst with vexation, that one of | risen to the very highest honors, and where
he was buried with the greatest funeral pomp. changed before they can be worthy of the His character is better displayed by his own position in which she would place them. pen, than it could be by the most elaborate How hard it is steadily to say “nay" to the estimate on the part of others.
crotchets of some of these benevolent vo men, so eager to help their sex, but so
woefully ignorant, as we think, of the way! From the London “ Lady's Companion."
Pure and warm hearted enthusiasts ! worth WOMAN AND HER FRIENDS.
many times more than the wise woman
of the world, who guides herself by a sharp One feels curious to know-one often and prudent look out towards some fashionlongs to know-what the fate of women, able centre of authority! Of these last, generally, would be, if the wishes of some, the less we say the better. I reverence gifted much above the average of their sex, the little word “must,”—I look with re. were fulfilled. Wishes for themselves I do spect ou the strong decrees that places me not now mean, but aspirations after some where I am,--but have no wish to wear a thing for other women,--not quite emanci- bracelet of gold as an ornament, when it pation—not so odious as that,-but some is in reality a manacle. thing scarcely to be defined better than as One grand consideration, meanwhile, which just what they have not-just a change, damps my ardor, and disables me from involving an idea of greater dignity, inas- responding to the eager endeavors after much as it opens the way to greater freedom greater outward liberty for women, is the of action. What is called “ The Woman all but universal faintness of their grasp at Question," is one so strongly to my distaste, a subject, and a great predominance of the that I am not about to introduce it here ; faculty of Wonder among them. So few but, as I cannot move among my lady-friends, even of those I most love and respect among discerning everywhere bright gleams of women, possess truly calm minds, that I can thought and generous feeling, without specu scarcely call to mind the individual whom I lation on the use and abuse of their good have not, at one time or other, known to be gifts, upon their present weaknesses in prac. victimized by this rapidly acting pover. tice, and the probable consequences of an Most frequently it takes the form of a catch enlarged sphere of action, I hope I may put at something a little out of the common way, down a few of the thoughts that occur to me. in character or circumstance, something
It is certainly a painful thing that we see which is agreeable, simply because of that so many women beating against their bars novelty, or for associated novelties. In other wishing to be one thing or other, rather than minds, it is merely egotism carried into the what they are. I believe that the tendency region of the wonderful. Whether the object of her education being to add greatly to the brought out by it be in itself massive or variety of her mental resources, Woman's minute; whether the question be of missiondanger is now rather more from the head ary enterprises, or whether it has to do with than the heart; she is looking more for a one's flowers, or the cultivation of a field or field of activity for her mind, some way of two, any thing which, being done in rather using her expanded and enlarged powers, a new way, may stimulate the fancy, will dlo. than for a settlement or an object of affec- Far more serious things are behind. It is tion ; and thus it is that any weakness in but too true that, possessing, in general, as the logical powers, any great inconsistency I have said, but a faint grasp of a subject, resulting from partial training, is of the women are fond of rushing into very commost mischievous effect. Now and then we plex things. If there be subjects requiring, note some thoroughly noble-minded, and, in in the examination and discussion, the pi. herself, happy and privileged woman, taking cest possible judgment, the rarest combiup the cause of aspirants after greater liber-nation of mental and moral science, the ty, rather than aiding them to be more fit deepest seriousness, the clearest and the for that liberty,-coupling her own honored calmest thought, those will be caught at by and unsuspected name with the names of the the eager, rushing energy of impetuous wovain and ambitious, whose motives, whose men,-those are the heights they will try to whole mode of thinking and being, must be / scale,—those the depths they seek to fathom,
—those the studies they will think they have tellectual vegetation." Concentration of mastered, and those the grand truths they thought on any subject, -high views of are bound to proclaim, aloud and always, knowledge, aspirations after every form of for the benefit of the human race. To them truth, are but too rare. Young women turr. the greatest of all evils seems to be delay. from a school life as if education was finishThey cannot wait; extempore duty must ed; and, if anxious after duty, still think of be done: it is better to make mischief than moral duty chiefly as it concerns their famito be quiet. And thus, to be courageous and lies and the poor of the parish. The pursuit bold, or, at least, to seem so, is their favorite of art is regarded as a mere pleasure,-an virtue. True it is that not many may attain amusement. Painting a picture is a pleasant this measure of self-confidence ; still, by the way of spending an hour ; and if the picture few, numbers are misled ; and many, only is pretty, it can be framed. But a rare third-rates among awakened women, spend, thing it is to find them entertaining the idea through their means, miserable lives, waging of art as something that is worthy of rev. Jetty warfare against the thoughts and the erend love. If you speak of conscience in habits of those who live around them ; connection with music or painting, they know stretching after things they cannot, and neg. not what you mean, As there is nothing to lecting the duties they can compass. them sacred in the conceptions of genius,
Would we look at this matter quietly, I nor fixed in the laws of sound or of vision, am persuaded we should regard it as furnish- in orderly obedience to which every true ing the best and strongest reasons for a more artist must move, so they cannot conceive enlarged education of women. I am not that when this obedience is faithfully renderprepared to place any absolute barrier besed in the cultivation of art, it is a proof of tween woman and the pursuit of any respect the presence of a spirit without which no able professional object, but this I certainly high love of truth, no lofty self-sacrifice, is feel, that it is cruel to wish her a wider possible. They who have ever had the spbere unless you bestow on her a more happiness of knowing living examples of the equal cultivation, meaning by “equal;" | following out of high art, kuow what a quiet nothing identical, but only that the nature of and holy tone it may give to the whole the woman should be as carefully attended character,--how it is philosophy and poetry, to as that of the man. I have no great idea and even religion,-how it may draw from that merely governess-taught girls will ever the smallest and the vastest things perpetual be hopeful subjects. From a training com- nourishment and extension.
T. mitted, in almost all points, to women, there will come merely a repetition of the old errors -self-consciousness in the many, boldness
From Dickens' " Household Words." and breaking loose in the few. Nature's way is best. The minds of both men
i LONDON SPARROWS. and women should be combined to make an A NICE light dinner at my club, to-dayeducation good; the imagination of the no politics after it-too wise for that-bad woman receiving qualification from the in- for digestion at iny age. I will go home at tellect of the man. It is matter of just re-once. As the evening is fine, I will take mark-even complaint-that, while our day Cockspur Street in my way, in order to is favored beyond example with a wide have a look at the window of Squires' (late diffusion of knowledge, such as it is, it is Colnaghi and Puckle's) print-shop. How it spread out so thinly. There are so few peo- shines with rich effects of light and shade! ple, women especially, of whom we can say ! Now, let me see. What is that? My that they do any one thing VERY WELL IN- spectacles. So, I thought it was his. Carlo DEED. They seldom seem to select an object Dolce's “ Madonna colle Stelle." How beauof pursuit, and stand by it. A little of every tiful! how more than beautiful! A divine thing—that is the general fashion. With all light, like an inward tear, gleams in the eye, our clever sharp-shooting, we do not often as though the soul were melting with grief, obtain accurate remarks upon subjects even too sacred to be allowed to gush forth upon which have formed a large part of a woman's the cheek, far less to fall upon the earth. education ; still seldomer do we find “in- / Moreover, the deep sorrow is tempered with a resigned and loving sweetness--a looking other side of me, and close under my elbow ! upward to One whose presence to her in- Another poor little imp of about ten years spired vision, or rapt and devout imagina- of age. How extremely plain-not to say tion, gives balm and consolation to her mute ugly-street-children often are! Their hard heart's anguish. A window full of prints life and the characters of their parents, like this, and those of Paul and Dominic causes it. This child, who is now staring in Colnaghi, and one or two others ---- at the window upon a print of Sir Robert
But what is this fidgeting behind me- | Peel, and flattening his nose against the this twitching at my coat-skirts! I turn glass, has a forehead “ villainous low," with round. Nobody is behind me. There is dark eyes, and short dark hair, and his dinobody close to me. Some people passing minutive face, both in features and expresby—but not near. I must have fancied it. sion, is uncommonly like one end of a cocoa
Any thing new in the window, since I last nut. came by. Yes—“Les Saintes Femmes vont What a sad lot for these children to be au tombeau du Christ." The painter, judy- left thus,-perhaps even turned adrift by ing by those two heads, for I don't recollect their parents to wander about the streets, the design-must be Raphael. Let ne see and pick up, here and there, a precarious -my spectacles again. “ Charles Landell, crumb! And now, as I turn round, I see pinxit." Astonishing audacity! The delib-three others, apparently in the same wretcherate imitation in style and character of ed outcast condition—two boys and a girl. two of the heads, and the direct robbery of The elder boy seems not to care much about the third ! This latter one is Raphael's it; he has, no doubt, become more accus“St. Anne." Why, I know it as well as I tomed to his lot. He is between twelve know my own face, and better. It is in and thirteen. His voice is hoarse, cracked, Raphael's “ Holy Family" entitled “ La and discordant; perhaps by some street-cry. Perle," and was, some years ago, in posses. He has a large projecting nose, red pulpy sion of the King of Spain. The cool and lips, a long chin, and a long throat, uncovbarefaced way in which artists continually ered. No collar—indeed, now I look again, purloin -
no shirt; and he wears a greasy jacket and There, again !--certainly something push trowsers, both much too small for him ; so ed along close behind me; yet there's no that his large red hands and wrists, swollen crowd, nor any one at my side. To be sure, with chilblains, hang listlessly far below the at the other end of the window-front there end of his sleeves; and his long, thin ankles, is a little urchin looking in at a print. It and large unshapely feet are so far below could not have been he. How earnestly be the end of his trowsers as to give the apgazes at Raphael's “ Madonna, with the in-pearance of the legs and feet of a bird. He fant Christ!" But now I look again at him, is whistling a sort of jig tune, and beating what a face he has ! what bad features and time with one of his heels. Poor boy !-) expression. How can he feel any sympathy dare say he would be very glad to work if with what he gazes upon. It must be mere he had an opportunity. A girl, of about curiosity. Yet how intent he seems. He twelve, stands on one side of him. She is is very diminutive, and cannot be above so scantily clad as to be scarcely decent. eight or nine years of age; yet he has the Her shoulder-blades stick up, she is so meaface of a bad man of fifty. He has a sallow gre, and she shivers with the cold. But I complexion, a retreating forehead, with dirty do not like the expression of her face; for, light hair, very coarse and short. No cap ; | though I pity her eager, hungry look, and so that I see the shape of his head, which is evidently bad state of health, I cannot belp very small, and compressed in front and at seeing that she has very much the look of a the sides, and rises behind very high, and sickly rat. On the other side of the elder expands. His nose is mean and pinched, boy stands a younger one-of some ten with a sharp ridge, his eyes very small, his years of age. He is very pale, and has fair cheek-bones and the lower jaw very large hair, a rueful mouth, rather dropping at the for such a child ; his mouth also is large, corners, large sad eyes, with very long lashes, and projects, and his chin juts out sharply.- and an expression at once timid, yet indifthe little Tartar. But what is this on the ferent-innocent, and guilty. Guilty !-of