Illustrated Catalogue of Photographs & Surveys of Architectural Refinements in Medieval Buildings: Lent by the Brooklyn Museum of Arts and Sciences

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Morrison and Gibb, 1905 - Architecture, Medieval - 152 pages
 

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Page 85 - Finding the main building to recede outwards, it was the opinion of Chicheley and Mr Pratt that it had been so built ab origine for an effect in perspective, in regard of the height; but I was, with Dr Wren, quite of another judgment, and so we entered it; we plumbed the uprights in several places.
Page 85 - I went to St. Paul's church, where, with Dr. Wren, Mr. Pratt, Mr. May, Mr. Thomas Chicheley, Mr. Slingsby, the Bishop of London, the Dean* of St. Paul's, and several expert workmen, we went about to survey the general decays of that ancient and venerable church, and to set down in writing the particulars of what was fit to be done, with the charge thereof, giving our opinion from article to article.
Page xiii - Greek workmanship it can be done satisfactorily if proper care be taken to select such measurements as liavu been least exposed to the action of the weather, for, owing to the perfect jointing of the stones, the errors occasioned by any small shifts, which may have arisen from earthquakes or the violence of human agency, can be corrected most satisfactorily." To illustrate the refinement of masonry jointing he mentions the observation of Stuart that the stones of the steps under the columns of the...
Page 76 - Marco ; non così in quelle delle facciate laterali, perché 1' architetto che le ricostruì, nei restauri di circa trenta anni or sono, non capì il magistero che aveva presieduto al loro collocamento e le mise a piombo. Lo stesso artifizio vedesi usato nella Porta della Carta del Palazzo Ducale e in tanti altri monumenti anche fuori di Venezia, come per esempio nel Sepolcro degli Scaligeri a Verona. Si sa del pari che nella stessa nostra Basilica la facciata principale è disposta in curva sensibilmente...
Page 46 - GOODYEAR : Ho esaminato le misure da Lei prese nei monumenti di Pisa e posso affermare che le prove sono complete per le cose seguenti. 1. Che la facciata della Cattedrale di Pisa è stata inclinata per intenzione nella originale costruzione. °2. Che tutte le curve di questo edificio sono state fatte con intenzione nella originale costruzione, sia le curve orizzontali come quelle verticali. 3.
Page 13 - Now the head (frosopon) of the church (that is to say the part towards the rising sun, where the sacred mysteries are performed in honour of God) is built as follows. The building rises from the ground not in a straight line, but setting back somewhat obliquely...
Page xiii - ... intended has been proven by masonry measurements and masonry observations. Penrose places the maximum deviation, due to error or carelessness in the Parthenon masonry, at one-fiftieth of an inch. The two ends of the building are of equal width within that fraction. The difference of 0.02 (inch decimal) in 101 feet points out "the degree of error which may have arisen from inaccuracy of workmanship in the...
Page xii - ... that much nearer the corner. At these points the spacings narrow from 8 feet and a decimal to 6 feet and a decimal. Aside from the angle columns the maximum intercolumnar deviation on the north flank is 0.136, in measurements which are all over 8 feet with decimal variations.
Page 76 - Già si sapeva coinè, per esempio, ne' monumenti di architettura medioevale si avesse il costume d' inclinare ali' infuori i frontoni e le cuspidi con gli ornamenti sovrapposti, come si fa anche in oggi per i quadri e per le statue. In particolare questo artifizio vedesi usato assai inarcatamente nelle cuspidi della facciata principale della nostra Basilica di San Marco ; non così in quelle delle facciate laterali, perché 1...
Page xii - ... unknown. We can occasionally trace some scheme in the variations by comparing two halves of one end, or one side of the building, but when such a scheme appears it...

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