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'Andrea del Sarto' by Robert Browning; Brief-answer Questions

Andrea del Sarto

by Robert Browning

1. What type of poem is "Andrea del Sarto"? [NU 2017]

Ans: "Andrea del Sarto" is a dramatic monologue.

2. What does the phrase ‘Andrea del Sarto’ mean?

Ans: The phrase 'Andrea del Sarto' means ‘Andrea, the son of a tailor’.

3. What does the word 'Sarto' mean?

Ans: The word 'Sarto' means tailor.

4. Who was Andrea del Sarto? [NU 2014]

Ans: Andrea del Sarto was an Italian painter from Florence, whose career flourished during the High Renaissance and early Mannerism.

5. Who was called "the faultless painter"? [NU 2016]

Ans: Andrea del Sarto was called “the faultless painter”.

6. Who was Andrea's wife? [NU 2016]

Ans: Lucrezia was Andrea's wife.

7. Who is Lucrezia?

Ans: Lucrezia is the wife of Andrea and the model for the Madonna portrayed by Andrea.

8. What kind of a woman was Lucrezia? [NU 2013]

Ans: Lucrezia was a greedy, faithless and soulless woman having serpentine beauty.

9. Who did Lucrezia marry?

Ans: Lucrezia first married Recanati who was a hat maker. After the death of her first husband, she married Andrea.

10. Where do Andrea and Lucrezea live? [NU 2017]

Ans: Andrea and Lucrezea lives in Fiesole, Italy.

11. What is Fiesole? 

Ans: Fiesole is a town and commune of the province of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany.

12. How does Andrea describe Lucreazia's beauty? 

Ans: Andrea describes Lucrezia’s beauty as “serpentining beauty”.

13. Why did Lucrezia's lover hope to get money from Lucrezia? [NU 2012]

Ans: Lucrezia's lover hoped to get money from Lucrezia so that he can pay off his debts.

14. Why is Andrea afraid of the 'Paris lords'?

Ans: Andrea is afraid of the 'Paris lords' because he may be looked down upon by them for his embezzling of the money given by the King of France for buying portraits. 

15. What is necessary for good art?

Ans: Inspiration is necessary for good art. 

16. What was `Andrea's fault' regarding painting?

Ans: Andrea's fault regarding his painting was that his painting was technically perfect but spiritually imperfect.

17. What is "Madonna"?

Ans: Madonna is any portrait of Virgin Mary, either alone or with her child Jesus.

18. How is Andrea inferior to other painters?

Ans: Andrea is inferior to other painters because there is no life in his painting though he has achieved technical perfection.

19. What is Morello?

Ans: Morello is the highest mountain in the Florentine valley, Italy.

20. Who is George Vasari?

Ans: George Vasari, a disciple of Andrea, is an Italian painter, architect, and writer who is best known for his important biographies of Italian Renaissance artists.

21. Who was `Michelangelo'?

Ans: Michelangelo was a famous Italian painter, a sculptor, a poet and an architect of the High Renaissance.

22. Who is Rafael?

Ans: Rafael is an Italian Renaissance painter and architect.

23. Who is Leonard?

Ans: Leonard is an Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.

24. How does the poem "Andrea del Sarto" end?

Ans: The poem "Andrea del Sarto" ends with Andrea’s consent to let his wife go to meet her lover waiting outside and whistling for her.