A catalogue of the sculptured and inscribed stones in the Cathedral Library, Durham

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T. Caldcleugh, 1899 - Art - 156 pages
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Page 138 - Haec ut archa est quadrangula, nihil altius a lateribus habens ostiola prominentiora. Sed suis laterum parietibus in supremo vertice per omnia est coequata, suum gerens cooperculum ut archa superius lata atque planissiiha.
Page 143 - Our Lord is represented on the lid standing fronting (see Fig. 35). He has a cruciferous nimbus, and wears a dress reaching to the feet, which are naked. His right hand is raised in the act of blessing, and a fold of the dress hangs over the arm. In his left hand, which is covered by another fold of the dress, he holds a book (The Gospels).
Page 155 - if you want to see one of the greatest of all the triumphs of human ingenuity, — one of the most beautiful, as it is one of the most useful, of all the mechanisms which the intelligence of successive ages has called into being.
Page 48 - See pp. 26-28. (86) afforded by the entire absence of any design at all like it in Ireland during pagan times, though metal weapons and ornaments of that period are richly decorated. The origin of the interlacing principle as an element of ornamental design is a difficult problem to solve. It may, perhaps, be a development of the patterns of the tesselated pavements so common in late Roman work. It appears to have followed the spread of Christianity, and it occurs far beyond European limits, being...
Page 58 - There can be no doubt that this is the cross which once stood at the head of the grave of Acca, Bishop of Hexham, who died in 740, another cross being placed at its foot. It has the remains of an inscription upon it, corresponding in that respect to what Symeon of Durham in the "Historia Regum " says was the case with the cross set up in memory of Acca.
Page 59 - ... iuxta Romanorum quern semper amabat morem facerent, postulauit, accepit, adtulit." Or they may have been influenced by their knowledge of the importation of Continental workmen into England in their own time. 1 Catalogue, p. 59 ; he also says : ' It appears to have been the model from which, in various developments, a class of monuments spread from Hexham .and enriched the cemeteries of many and even distant places.
Page 137 - We have hitherto treated of the manner in which Cuthbert, the glorious bishop of Christ, was placed in his coffin, we will now give a description of that inner coffin itself. In this inner coffin he was first placed in the island of Lindisfarne, when he was raised from his grave, and in this his incorruptible body has been hitherto always preserved. It is quadrangular like a chest, and its lid is not elevated...
Page 58 - The sculpture is much decayed upon every side, showing that the cross stood many centuries before it was thrown down and broken up. The date of the extension of the choir of the abbey church eastwards is given as 1349 by a deed of the same year. As one portion of the cross was found underneath this building, and the cross is said by Symeon to have been placed at the east end of the church beyond the wall, it is by no means unlikely that the cross stood there until 1349...
Page 46 - ... shown in that beautiful work. The way in which tree forms and foliage have been made to adapt themselves to the requirements of the general scheme and to the material used in its production, as well as the artistic sculpturing of branches and leaves and fruits, quite apart from a slavish copy, gives evidence of an educated and well-practised craftsman. The manner also in which the human figure is treated, and the knowledge displayed in the modelling of limbs and drapery, is so different and so...
Page 46 - A Memoir on the Roman Station and Runic Cross at Bewcastle,

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