The Master Artist - A Children's Story

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The Master Artist - a Children's Story http://www.magickeys.com/books/artist/index.html Home | Author Bio | Artist Bio by Carol Moore Illustrated by Michael S. Weber Learn more about art, artists and art techniques mentioned in this story, or click on highlighted words. onsieur Signy l'Abbaye was a master artist in his day, who in 1392 was ready to retire. It was the month of May. But Guiliano Bartoli, a rich Italian patron, sent for him saying, I'd like a portrait of myself on my banquet r
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  Hom e | Author Bio| Artist Bio by Carol Moore  Illustrated by Michael S. Weber  Learn moreabout art, artists and art techniques mentioned in this story, or click on highlighted words. onsieurSigny l'Abbayewas a master artist in his day, who in 1392 wasready to retire. It was the month of May. But Guiliano Bartoli, a rich Italianpatron, sent for him saying, I'd like a portrait of myself on my banquet room wall. Could you paint it? It's 20 feet tall. Large View - 81K  Contemplating this request, Monsieur l'Abbaye shook his head. I'm ready toretire, so I'm not available for hire. I'm sorry. I simply can't paint yourportrait. But seeing the disappointment in Senior Bartoli's eyes, he continued, Well, there's a possibility if you can find it in your heart to allow me to explorethe limits of my abilities. Not for money mind you, but for food and a bedinstead. Furthermore, you need not even pose because my memory's excellent. Already I can see your portrait and how to derive it. But I insist, Senior Bartoli, while I work your portrait stays private -- even from you! This is strange, thought the patron, but he also thought about how highly theartist had been recommended. Of course, he said Anything you wish, but Iinsist upon paying you at least something for your effort. Let's draw up acontract. The Master Artist - a Children's Storyhttp://www.magickeys.com/books/artist/index.html1 of 403-11-2012 13:52  Now a glint came to Monsieur l'Abbaye's eyes as hegazed upon that 20-foot wall and thought of all thatspace, such a wonderful place for schemes and things togive imagination wings. Because, unknown to SeniorBartoli, or anyone else for that matter, for all of his career(which was 45 years) Monsieur L'Abbaye had yearned topaint in his own way. And what way was that? Certainly not the style of Byzantineor of Proto-Renaissance. No. Monsieur Signy l'Abbaye had hungered to break free of restraints. But theguild, his craft and livelihood, would never have allowed it so he followed theirrules although never proud of it. Of course he didn't reveal this to SeniorBartoli.Signing thecontract, they sealed the agreement.Immediately the master artist threw a high curtain in front of the wall, acurtain through which Senior Bartoli couldn't see at all. He tried to peek, butMonsieur l'Abbaye insisted on total privacy for his artistic techniques.A week passed. How is it coming? asked the hopeful Senior Bartoli.Answering him from behind the curtain, Monsieur l'Abbaye said, It'scoming quite well. You know, at the age of eight I was apprentice to the great Ambrogio Lorenzetti. I could never dishonor his name. He taught me the art of grinding pigment, laying plaster, sometimes slowly, sometimes faster. Hetaught me how to draw and, most important, not to hurry. My training wasrigorous and aftercertificationeven more vigorous. Senior Bartoli, amasterpiece... takes a while at least. Reluctantly, Senior Bartoli withdrew.A month passed. How is it coming? Senior Bartoli asked. It's coming well, said Monsieur l'Abbaye, again from behind the curtain. Along with his words came the strange sounds of swooshing, clanking andslapping. You know you're fortunate it's I painting your portrait. Only buonfrescowill do. It's four coats of lime plaster. First layer the trullisatio, followed by the arriccio, then the anenato and finally the intonaco not to mention thepart where I draw. But it's the best plaster process I ever saw. Senior Bartoli, it will last forever, but alas, it's a time-consuming endeavor. Sighing deeply, the patron again withdrew. Just how long would this take? Who knew?Another three, four months passed and finally half a year went by. Senior Bartoli, the patron, marched indemanding of Monsieur l'Abbaye, the master artist, tosee his portrait, You must be finished by now andtoday I will see it! he shouted, shaking with frustration.Stepping from behind the cloth as though surprised by such anger, Monsieur l'Abbaye said calmly. That's The Master Artist - a Children's Storyhttp://www.magickeys.com/books/artist/index.html2 of 403-11-2012 13:52  fine. You needed only to request it. And he pulled aside the 20-foot curtain.Guiliano Bartoli stood for a minute and then his mouth fell open, his eyesturned red and he grabbed what few hairs he had left on his head. He did alittle hop, and then a twitch, and his eyebrows contorted as though bewitched.Guiliano Bartoli obviously did not like his portrait, not a bit. Guiliano Bartolithrew a fit. How absurd, how obscene. What does this mean? You'll not receive oneFlorine, do you hear? You're not an artist, maybe a thief or a madman. Get outof my sight! You'll leave my house tonight or I'll throw you out! So what had Monsieur l'Abbaye drawn that was wrong? He couldn't see it,he'd fussed and fixed for so long. It was his masterpiece. He wasn't sorry, no,not at all, that he had drawn to his heart's content for 20 feet tall. No matter what anybody could say, Monsieur Signy l'Abbaye had drawn it his way.Perhaps his patron couldn't tolerate his obsession withcubistexpression, butPicassowould have been proud. Large View - 83K If truth be told Monsieur l'Abbaye wasn't crazy, surely. He'd simply been born 500 years too early! Learn moreabout art, artists and art techniques mentioned in this story, or click on highlighted words. Back to Children's Storybooks Online   Test your knowledge! Take the quiz for this story.Go to quiz   Copyright ©2003-2010 Carol Moore. All rights reserved.No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any formor by any process without prior written permission from the publisher. The Master Artist - a Children's Storyhttp://www.magickeys.com/books/artist/index.html3 of 403-11-2012 13:52  1st Edition. Published by Carol Moore041907415 The Master Artist - a Children's Storyhttp://www.magickeys.com/books/artist/index.html4 of 403-11-2012 13:52
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