Wonders of Architecture

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C. Scribner, 1871 - Architecture - 264 pages

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Page 46 - testifies more loudly than history itself to the greatness of this people. Pericles will never die ! What a civilisation was that which found a great man to decree, an architect to conceive, a sculptor to adorn, statuaries to execute, workmen to carve, and a people to pay for and maintain such an edifice ! In the midst of the ruins which once were Athens, and which the cannon of the Greeks and Turks have pulverised and scattered throughout the valley, and upon the two hills on which extends the...
Page 156 - Calculating only the exterior, there are to be counted r,8oo figures without including arabesques, gargoiles, corbels, masks, and consols. These stone figures narrate, as in an allegorical poem, the history of this world and the next. Add to the statues the thousand figures that shine in the coloured glass, and the beautiful groups which adorn the palings ot the choir, and we can comprehend why the cathedral of Chartres appeals more to the mind than its rivals, and why it seems animated with a mysterious...
Page 251 - Henry VIII. The name clearly designates this style, for the mullions of the windows and the ornamental panellings run in perpendicular lines, and form a complete distinction from the last style ; and many buildings of this are so crowded with ornament, as to destroy the beauty of the design.
Page 251 - If you would see fair Melrose aright, Go visit it by the pale moonlight.
Page 85 - THE ROMAN WORLD. — I. THE WEST. FRANCE, which was under the domination of Rome for more than 500 years, still preserves some antique temples reared under the influence of the Romans. That of Vernegues, some miles from Aix, recalls by its pointed leaves and Corinthian capitals the early times of the conquest: Vienna, in Dauphine, also possesses a temple which contains at the present day a rich collection of antiquities.
Page 90 - is surrounded by contemptible little houses, while huts still smaller and more contemptible fill up the arena ; so that a disagreeable and confused scene meets the eye, instead of one that might awaken pleasure and surprise.
Page 69 - ... descending and ascending the long stairs, and taking their places. Railings of gold ward off the senators' box from the attacks of the ferocious beasts. Ingenious machines scatter a perfumed spray throughout the vast space, cooling the air and making it pleasant. Three thousand statues in...

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