Art: Its Laws, and the Reason for Them: Collected, Considered and Arranged for General and Educational Purposes

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Lee and Shephard, 1876 - Aesthetics - 248 pages
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Page 50 - Her wagon-spokes made of long spinners' legs ; The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers ; The traces, of the smallest spider's web ; The collars, of the moonshine's watery beams...
Page 228 - VAULTING, a kind of vaulting used in late Perpendicular work, in which all the ribs that rise from the springing of the vault have the same curve, and diverge equally in every direction, producing an effect something like that of the bones of a fan.
Page 139 - Yet are thy skies as blue, thy crags as wild ; Sweet are thy groves, and verdant are thy fields, Thine olive ripe as when Minerva smiled, And still his...
Page 134 - ... into broad, deep, and transparent shade, he artfully connected the fiercest extremes of light and shadow, harmonized the most intense opposition of colours, and combined the greatest possible effect with the sweetest and softest repose imaginable.
Page 171 - ... of the gods, without whose presence no Greek festival was considered complete, and of the delivery of the peplos, the embroidered veil of Athene, given every five years. " The Temple of Minerva in the Acropolis of Athens, erected by Ictinus and Callicrates, was under the direction of Phidias, and to him we probably owe the composition, style, and character of the sculpture, in addition to much assistance in drawing, modelling, choice of the naked, and draperies, as well as occasional execution...
Page 162 - ... may extend themselves imperceptibly into public benefits, and be among the means of bestowing on whole nations refinement of taste : which, if it does not lead directly to purity of manners, obviates at least their greatest depravation, by disentangling the mind from appetite, and conducting the thoughts through successive stages of excellence, till that contemplation of universal rectitude and harmony which began by Taste, may, as it is exalted and refined, conclude in Virtue.
Page 206 - The column is usually made six times the diameter of the lower part of the shaft in height; the entablature is varied both in character and proportion by different authors, but it is always simple and without any enrichment; the capital has a square abacus, with a small projecting fillet on the upper edge; under the abacus is an ovolo and a fillet, with a neck below; the base consists of a square plinth and...
Page 216 - The general appearance of decorated buildings is at once simple and magnificent, — simple from the small number of parts, and magnificent from the size of the windows and the easy flow of the lines of tracery. In the interior of the building the're is great breadth, ornament is nowhere spared, and the roofing, from the increased richness of the groining, becomes an object of attention ; but amid all this richness, ornament, and variety there is a simplicity which is pleasing.
Page 231 - TYMPANUM, the triangular space between the horizontal and sloping cornices on the front of a pediment in classical architecture ; it is often left plain, but is sometimes covered with sculpture. This name is also given to the space immediately above the opening of a doorway, &c.
Page 215 - Gothic styles of architecture used in this country : it succeeded the Norman towards the end of the twelfth century, and gradually merged into the Decorated at the end of the thirteenth. At its first appearance it partook somewhat of the heaviness of the preceding style, but all resemblance to the Norman was speedily effaced by the development of its own peculiar and beautiful charac153 teristics.

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