History of Modern Italian Art

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Longmans, Green, 1900 - Art - 713 pages
 

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Page 238 - Goldoni, — good, gay, sunniest of souls, — Glassing half Venice in that verse of thine. — , What though it just reflect the shade and shine Of common life, nor render, as it rolls, Grandeur and gloom ? Sufficient for thy shoals Was Carnival : Parini's depths enshrine Secrets unsuited to that opaline Surface of things which laughs along thy scrolls. There throng the People: how they come and go, Lisp the soft language, flaunt the bright garb, — see, — On Piazza, Calle, under Portico And...
Page 293 - As to the name Pre-Raphaelite, when they began talking about the early Italian masters, I naturally told them of the German PR's, and either it pleased them or not, I don't know, but they took it.
Page 84 - He gives splendid balls and parties three times a week; which — after being once presented — you attend when you please, without further invitation. A few evenings since I was presented there by the consul, in company with one or two other American gentlemen. Passing through the ante-chambers, we found the company assembled in the theatre. The Count has a private company of French comedians attached to his suite, to lend a hand in clearing away the rubbish of his million a year.
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Page 76 - Pour le cœur, il est tout Français. Mais il est assez malheureux de n'avoir jamais fait que des ingrats, par toute sorte de charités, de générosités et trop de bontés de cœur. Ajoute à cela qu'il est entouré d'ennemis de toute espèce que lui attire son grand talent qui est, parmi eux, comme une belle et vive lumière au milieu du chaos : et son esprit juste lui fait mépriser tout ce qui est bourgeois.
Page 659 - ... Mead & White, Architects. cult to name a building the demolition of which, in accordance with the demands of "progress,'' inflicted more sentimental distress upon sentimentally sensitive New Yorkers. Quite true, they have their compensations in the buildings of "University Heights," buildings which are by no means so well known as they deserve to be, and which remain comparatively unknown by very dint of the altitude and the detachment which make the site so highly eligible for an institution...
Page 84 - Who the deuce is Demidoff?' said I. 'Ah, don't you know him? Haven't been presented? Sorry for you.' At length I got at the truth of the matter. Demidoff is a Russian count of immense wealth, living on an income of a million dollars a year — about two a minute. He is now on the down hill of life, but fond of the pleasures of society. He gives splendid balls and parties three times a week which, after being once presented, you attend when you please without further invitation. A few evenings since...
Page 186 - Croyez à mes sentiments les plus affectueux et les plus dévoués. E. RENAN.
Page 293 - Full of action and strange character, it was everything the reverse of that dreadful commonplace into which art on the Continent seems to be hurrying back. But Cornelius was no commonplace being ; with his small fiery eyes and his lump on his cheek, like David's, he was the man of genius, the man of the unexpected emphatically.

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