- Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:36 pm
Answer E comes from the end of the last paragraph and particularly the last sentence (I put the most relevant parts in bold):
"Moreover, because painting frescoes requires an (50) unusually sure hand, particularly in the representation of the human form, the development of drawing skill was central to artistic training in Tuscany, and by 1500 the public there tended to distinguish artists on the basis of how well they could draw (55) human figures. In Venice, a city virtually without frescoes, this kind of skill was acquired and appreciated much later. Gentile Bellini, for example, although regarded as one of the supreme painters of the day, was feeble at drawing. On the (60) other hand, the emphasis on architecture so evident in the Venetian narrative paintings was something that local painters obviously prized, largely because painting architecture in perspective was seen as a particular test of the Venetian painter's skill."
And your reasoning for why D is not the correct answer is great! The inclusion of the word 'primarily' is something that we cannot prove from the passage. The author has stated that both the lack of drawing skill and the temperature were reasons why there were so few frescoes, but the author does not state that one or the other is the primary reason.
Hoe that helps!