The bronze founders of Nuremberg: Peter Vischer and his family

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George Bell and Sons, 1906 - Bronze founding - 143 pages
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Page 36 - Everywhere I see around me rise the wondrous world of Art: Fountains wrought with richest sculpture standing in the common mart; And above cathedral doorways saints and bishops carved in stone, By a former age commissioned as apostles to our own. In the church of sainted Sebald sleeps enshrined his holy dust, And in bronze the Twelve Apostles guard from age to age their trust...
Page 86 - And somewhat of the choir, those silent seats, And up into the aery dome where live The angels, and a sunbeam's sure to lurk: And I shall fill my slab of basalt there, And 'neath my tabernacle take my rest, With those nine columns round me, two and two, The odd one at my feet where Ansehn stands: Peach-blossom marble all, the rare, the ripe As fresh-poured red wine of a mighty pulse.
Page 133 - OR ATTRIBUTED TO HERMANN VISCHER, HIS SON PETER VISCHER AND PETER VISCHER'S SONS, HERMANN, PETER, AND JOHANN KNOWN AS HANS DER GIESSER. HERMANN VISCHER. Died, 1487. FONT. Signed, " Do MAN ZALT VON CRISTI GEPURT MCCCC UND DARNACH IM LVII JAR AN SANCT MICHAELS TAG DO WARD DIS WERK VOLBRACHT VON MEISTER HERMAN VISCHER zu NURBEG.
Page 44 - Himmelsfursten zu ehren, mit Hiilf andachtiger Leut von dem Almosen bezahlt." That is the keynote of this wonderful structure. Through years of difficulty and distress the pious artist had toiled and struggled on with the help of pious persons, paid by their voluntary contributions, to complete a work " to the praise of God Almighty alone and the honour of St. Sebald." No words, one feels, can add to the simple dignity and faith of that inscription. It supplies us with the motive of the work, and...
Page 131 - They could apply the lessons they had learnt from their careful study of the Italian Masters, and apply them with successful originality. It is in the energy which lives in the King Arthur...
Page 129 - Rise the blue Franconian mountains, Nuremberg, the ancient, stands. Quaint old town of toil and traffic, quaint old town of art and song, Memories haunt thy pointed gables, like the rooks that round them throng: Memories of the Middle Ages, when the emperors, rough and bold, Had their dwelling in thy castle, time-defying, centuries old; And thy brave and thrifty burghers boasted, in their uncouth rhyme, That their great imperial city...
Page 49 - may be read, 'Vischer made such good progress with the work that by 1512 Cocleus could write of it in his Cosmographia with amiable exaggeration ; — " Ouis vero solertior Petro Fischer in celandis fundendisque metallis ? Vidi ego totum sacellum ab eo in aes fusum imaginibusque celatum, in quo multi sane mortales stare missamque audire poterunt." (What more skilful founder is there than Peter Vischer ? I myself have seen a whole chapel cast by him in bronze and covered with statues, wherein indeed...
Page 3 - ... capitalist enterprises of their Handelsadel. The Hanseatic League was a curb to the democratic tendency. For example, when the Patriciate of Brunswick was driven 1 Of Nuremberg Aeneas Silvius, afterwards Pius II, observed In 1468 : " Private dwelling bouses seem to have been built for princes.

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