It was not without a very exact idea of the importance of the enter prise, that my publisher and myself decided to undertake the publi cation of the continuation of my "Development of the Italian Schools of Painting", a continuation which will comprise an equally detailed 1 account of painting in the IS h century, as that which I have given of 1 the r4 h century. There is a well defined division between Italian art of the Quattro cento and that of the previous century and my method of dealing with it must naturally be quite different. Artists were less dominated by the traditions of the various localized schools; there was more spontaneousness, more occasion for the manifestation of individuality and very important also was the sum of all previous artistic experience, giving rise to a new and more extensive technique which solved many problems of which artists of past centuries did not even suspect the existence. Lastly, quite another mentality is manifest in the works of art of the I 5th century.
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