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Monsieur Signy l'Abbaye was a master artist in his day, wh
Transcript of Monsieur Signy l'Abbaye was a master artist in his day, wh
(=after he contemplated)
l'Abbaye shook his head.
thought the client,/
but he thought
how highly the artist had been recommended.
Monsieur Signy l'Abbaye
a master artist /
in his day
and in 1392/
ready /to retire
Starting(=while he started)
the master artist threw a high curtain up/
in front of the wall,
/ Bartoli could not
(= Bartoli could not see though
A week passed. "How is it coming?" asked the hopeful Senior Bartoli.
A month passed. "How is it coming?" Senior Bartoli asked.
Guiliano Bartoli stood for a minute and then his mouth fell open,
his eyes turned red and he grabbed what few hairs he had left on his head.
L'Abbaye entered the banquet hall.
His eyes flashed,
the twenty-foot wall
of all that space.
Sighing deeply, the patron again withdrew. Just how long would this take? Who knew?
Then, Guiliano Bartoli
,a rich Italian client,
saying(=while he(G) said)
like you to paint my portrait/
for a wall /in my banquet hall.
Could you do it? The space is 20 feet tall."
'm about to
retire, so I'm not available.
I'm sorry. I simply cannot paint your portrait."
Seeing(=after he saw)
the disappointment /
in Senior Bartoli's eyes,
You do not have to pay me.
room and board
(=provide room and board for me)
will be fine.
I have an excellent memory.
I have your other portrait
and I can draw a new
while I work
(that) your portrait
even from you!"
explore the limits of my abilities.
"Of course," he said.
/at least something
/for your work.
Let's write a contract."
to paint in his own way
did not conform
to the Byzantine or the Proto-Renaissance style of the day.
to break free
from the rules of painting.
The guild would never have
he did not reveal
to Senior Bartoli /
they signed the contract.
but l'Abbaye insisted
for his artistic expression.
Answering him from behind the curtain, Monsieur l'Abbaye said, "It's coming quite well.
You know, at the age of eight I was apprentice to the great Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Reluctantly, Senior Bartoli withdrew.
I could never dishonor his name.
He taught me the art of grinding pigment, laying plaster, sometimes slowly, sometimes faster.
He taught me how to draw and, most important, not to hurry.
My training was rigorous and after certification even more vigorous. Senior Bartoli, a masterpiece... takes a while at least."
Lorenzetti was highly influenced by both Byzantine art and classical art forms, and used these to create a unique and individualistic style of painting. His work was exceptionally original.
"It's coming well," said Monsieur l'Abbaye, again from behind the curtain.
Along with his words came the strange sounds of swooshing, clanking and slapping.
"You know you're fortunate it's I painting your portrait. Only buon fresco will 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 the part 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."
Another three, four months passed and finally half a year went by.
Stepping from behind the cloth as though surprised by such anger, Monsieur l'Abbaye said calmly.
Senior Bartoli, the patron, marched in demanding of Monsieur l'Abbaye, the master artist, to see his portrait,
"You must be finished by now and today I will see it!" he shouted, shaking with frustration.
"That's fine. You needed only to request it." And he pulled aside the 20-foot curtain.
"How absurd, how obscene. What does this mean?
So what had Monsieur l'Abbaye drawn that was wrong?
If truth be told Monsieur l'Abbaye wasn't crazy, surely. He'd simply been born 500 years too early!
He did a little hop, and then a twitch, and his eyebrows contorted as though bewitched.
Guiliano Bartoli obviously did not like his portrait, not a bit.
Guiliano Bartoli threw a fit.
You'll not receive one Florine, do you hear?
You're not an artist, maybe a thief or a madman.
Get out of my sight!
You'll leave my house tonight or I'll throw you out!"
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 with cubist expression, but Picasso would have been proud!
Q. Why did the artist's eyes flash?
A. That's because he could paint the way he wanted.
Q. What did a rich client ask l'Abbaye to paint?
A. The client asked him to paint his portrait.