Italian Sculptors: Being a History of Sculpture in Northern, Southern, and Eastern Italy

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1868 - Sculptors - 326 pages
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Page 176 - To examine near at hand another story, Which after Michal glimmered white upon me. There the high glory of the Roman Prince Was chronicled, whose great beneficence Moved Gregory to his great victory...
Page 108 - n su la scala porta il santo uccello ; oh' in te avrà sì benigno riguardo, che del fare e del chieder, tra voi due, fia primo quel che, tra gli altri, è più tardo. Con lui vedrai colui che 'mpresso fue, nascendo, sì da questa stella forte, che notabili fien l
Page 180 - We hardly know if it be a tomb indeed ; for it is like a narrow couch set beside the window, low-roofed and curtained, so that it might seem, but that it...
Page 12 - Here you see a quadruped with the tail of a serpent; there a fish with the head of a quadruped. There an animal suggests a horse in front and half a goat behind; here a horned beast exhibits the rear part of a horse.
Page 180 - ... charged with rich basreliefs, a small figure of the Baptist standing above it in a single ray of light that glances across the narrow room, dying as it falls from a window high in the wall, and the first thing that it strikes, and the only thing that it strikes brightly, is a tomb.
Page 82 - Hymnorum,' a MS. belonging to Trinity College, Dublin, and written, as Dr Stokes conjectures, about the end of the eleventh or the beginning of the twelfth century. The hymn itself, however, belongs to a much earlier date.
Page 135 - I beg of her to accept this book, dedicated to her by her humble servant." The same grateful sentiments inspired the lyric which followed, in which the poet implored the duchess to use her well-known influence with her lord, and incline his will to look favourably upon her servant's prayer — " Donna beata ! e Spirito pudico ! Deh ! fa benigna a questa mia richiesta La voglia del tuo Sposo Lodovico. Io so ben quel che dico ! Tanta è la tua virtù che ciò che vuoi Dello invitto cuor disponer puoi.
Page 126 - Sculptors. Against the left wall is the beautiful tomb (also by Omodeo) of Medea Colleoni, ob. 1470, only child of the commander, brought hither from the church of Basella on the Sevio in 1842. • Rio, Art Chretien, vol. ii. " This tomb is one of the most charming works of its kind in Italy. The simply-disposed recumbent figure of Medea, draped in the folds of a richly-embroidered robe, lies upon a sarcophagus whose front is adorned with an Ecce Homo and two mourning angels in relief, above which...
Page 178 - And opened Heaven from its long interdict, In front of us appeared so truthfully There sculptured in a gracious attitude, He did not seem an image that is silent. One would have sworn that he was saying,
Page 91 - Pietra, from which a flight of steps leads up the hill to the Castel S. Pietro (now a barrack). It occupies the site of the Palace of Theodoric, which was a magnificent building surmounted by an equestrian statue of the Emperor Zeno, of such size that " birds flew in and out of the distended nostrils of the horse, and built their nests in his belly."• Theodoric lived .alternately here and at Ravenna, and while here embellished Verona with many noble buildings.

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