Guide to Siena: History and Art

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E. Torrini, 1903 - Art - 384 pages
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Page 110 - DREGS The fire is out, and spent the warmth thereof, (This is the end of every song man sings !) The golden wine is drunk, the dregs remain, Bitter as wormwood and as salt as pain; And health and hope have gone the way of love Into the drear oblivion of lost things.
Page 97 - ... soul which continually waits upon him. If you are disposed, reader, to doubt the fact of these communications from God, or to think that Catharine only fancied such and such things, and attributed these fancies to a divine source, then I would give you one word of advice, and one only. Go you and make the attempt to live a life of prayer such as she lived, and then, and not till then, will you be in a position which will give you any shadow of a right, or any power, to judge of this soul's dealings...
Page 188 - ... masters of Renaissance Siena. Matteo had a feeling for movement which would have led to real art if he had had the necessary knowledge of form ; lacking this, he became an inferior Crivelli, giving us effects of firm line cut in gilt cordovan or in old brass. As for Neroccio — why, he was Simone come to life again. Simone's singing line, Simone's endlessly refined feeling for beauty, Simone's charm and grace — you lose but little of them in Neroccio's panels, and you get what to most of us...
Page 143 - In physical science the names most worthy of mention are those of the botanist PIER ANTONIO MATTIOLI (1501-1572), of PIRRO MARIA GABRIELLI (1643-1705), founder of the Academy of the Physiocritics, and of the anatomist PAOLO MASCAGNI (d. 1825)".
Page 100 - Le prediche volgari di San Bernardino da Siena dette nella Piazza del Campo Fanno MCCCCXXVII.
Page 135 - Academy. In the domain of history we have first the old Sienese chronicles, which down to the 14th century are so confused that it is almost impossible to disentangle truth from fiction or even to decide the personality of tho various authors.
Page 62 - After all, that does not say it : you must suppose a perfect silence, through which this exquisite shaft forever soars. When once you have seen the Mangia, all other towers, obelisks, and columns are tame and vulgar and earthrooted ; that seems to quit the ground, to be not a monument but a flight.
Page 357 - Perhaps one's most vivid impressions of Siena as a whole are these fountain-side visions of the uplifted city ; to close the eyes is still to see the narrow ways climbing the slopes and piercing brown arches ; the close-set houses sweeping like billows now downward, now upward, tossed here and there into higher jet of palace or church, breaking into a spray of towers, till all are crested by the foam-like sculpture of the Duomo.
Page 105 - Piccolomini to the papal chair in 1 458 caused the utmost joy to the Sienese ; and in compliment to their illustrious fellow-citizen they granted the request of the nobles and readmitted them to a share in the government. But this concession, grudgingly made, only remained in force for a few years, and on the death of the pope (1464) was revoked altogether, save in the case of members of the Piccolomini house, who were decreed to be popolani and XXII.
Page 142 - As humorist, scholar, and philologist Gigli would take a high place in the literature of any land. His resolute opposition to all hypocrisy — whether religious or literary — exposed him to merciless persecution from the Jesuits and the Delia Cruscau Academy.

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