Studies in architecture, by Reginald Blomfield ... with illustrations

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Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1905 - Architecture - 226 pages
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Page 97 - Brescia, who lived at the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century, and died 1510, at Bergamo, at a very advanced age.
Page 97 - ... slowness of this process, the repeated failure of the mason to grasp the new intention, may possibly account for the impatience, the fury of building which seems to have possessed Francis I and most of the great noblemen of his court. Yet a hundred years were hardly enough to displace the traditions of centuries. The first symptoms of change appeared in the latter part of the fifteenth century. Rene" of Anjou introduced certain Italian artists who worked for him at Aix, Angers, and Bar-le-duc.
Page 90 - ... hundred years later the French Revolution made a clean sweep of everything that it did not need for itself. Had it not been for Alexandre Lenoir we should be even worse off than we are. When the French Revolution was at its height, Lenoir went about searching for such fragments of sixteenth century art as might have survived the storm, paying here, entreating there, doing a work of inestimable value to future generations. From an architect named Jullien he bought, for 440 francs, the column to...
Page 27 - There is the precious onyx, as if gold were shining through it: and the marble that the land of Atrax yields, not from some upland glen, but from the level plains ; in parts fresh green as the sea or emerald stone, or again like blue cornflowers in grass, with here and there a drift of fallen snow, — a sweet mingled contrast on the dark shining surface.
Page 8 - Comacine masters were a guild, and that we have in this guild the explanation of all the mediaeval cathedrals of Europe. The evidence for this astounding theory was originally collected by the late Professor Giuseppe Merzario of Milan ; but the writer of The Cathedral Builders went far beyond the evidence. In this author's opinion " all that was architecturally good in Italy during the dark centuries between 500 and 1200 AD was due to the Comacine masters or to their influence.
Page 88 - ... ready to sacrifice any one of them that showed a reasonable prospect of conversion into cash. A prince of the great house of Conde destroyed, in 1799, the Chateau of Fere en Tardenois, probably an early work of Bullant. In 1780-82 the same nobleman had the entrance to Ecouen pulled down, and sold the Chateau de Creil for old materials in order to save the cost of maintenance. So early as 1719 the Regent ordered the destruction of the Chapel of the Valois as the cheapest way of finishing it off....
Page 84 - Concitet, imperiumque frangat. Te semper anteit saeva Necessitas, Clavos trabales et cuneos manu Gestans ahena ; nee severus Uncus abest, liquidumque plumbum.
Page 109 - Bullant, and the elder Du Cerceau made a strong point of the service they were rendering their country in showing that it was unnecessary to import foreign artists for work which could be done equally well by Frenchmen ; and the whole weight of De...
Page 89 - M^dicis was possessed by the same mania for building on an impossible scale. The Chapel of the Valois, in some ways the most monumental effort of French architecture of the sixteenth century, was never completed. After barely starting the Tuileries, she dashed off into the costly undertaking of the Hotel de Soissons ; but neither building was finished when she died. The Tuileries was destroyed by the Commune ; and the only vestige of the Hotel de Soissons is Jean Bullant's forlorn looking column...

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