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6 fully with Ghiberti for the right Florence, lived to be the architecture grew out first to make 1 300-1 500 Renaissance, doors for the Baptistery at great innovator in architectural style. His of a careful study and re-estimate of Roman archi- tecture. Vasari and, earlier, his biographer, Manetti, tell of his study of ancient He arches, their monuments in Rome; says Manetti: observed closely the supports and thrusts of the buildings, then forms, and inventions, according ornamental detail. In these to the function they had to serve, as, also, he saw wonders and beauties.

So great was Petrarch's classics, and so persuasive was his writing, that he enthusiasm for the set Italy afire for classical studies. The writing in both Latin and the vernacular is modeled on classical works. His leading Latin work, the unfinished epic, Africa, on Scipio Africanus and the Second Punic War, is a failure, as was later to be Ronsard's Frangiade, chiefly because both poets tried to match the Aeneid incident by incident. The nearly four hundred vernacular poems of Petrarch, which he pretended to despise, but which he never ceased to polish and to circulate, show clearly his importance as the initiator of Italian and European Renaissance literature.

These were drawn with the greatest skill. Even more noteworthy innovations were the idea of lighting the whole picture from a single source of light, the use of both linear and atmospheric perspective, and the avoidance of sharp lines in the coloring, one color merging into the next. As a result, Masaccio's paintings give a sense of three dimensions on a flat wall, unlike those of any earlier painter. His spective, — — figures have a great solidity; we sense their bodily structure of bone, and they press on the ground.

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