Excerpt from Florentine Sculptors of the Renaissance The conditions of Florentine society were peculiarly conduciv to the revival of those germs of art that had lain dormant in th Etruscan soil for wellnigh two thousand years to blossom once more in tenfold glory. The free form of government an part and interest taken by every citizen in the artists every facility for unrestrained development, while predominance of certain wealthy families, especially the Me supplied the necessary practical aid. But it was t from capricious favour or the autocratic will of a tyrant, but from general and all-pervading sympathy with h art drew her chief encouragement and supp of emulation which alike inspired the citizens, the Guilds, ecclesiastical communities to build and decorate the public edifi plastic art in particular found scope for unlimited activity till fall of Florentine liberty. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.