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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...association was complete; and we may instance, as proof of the fact, those richly decorated portals, whose every part, --lintel, keystone, panel, and sidepost--is strikingly defined by profuse sculpture, in such a way that subject and figure each possesses a definite and useful structural function. The French artist of the Middle Ages, as much from considerations of climate as from artistic motives, sheltered his statues, very rarely allowing them to stand out in silhouette against the sky. Again, his figures, like those of India, Egypt, and Greece, were always painted; which is equivalent to acknowledging that the epochs of civilization which really possessed schools of sculpture of their own, did not think that that art could entirely dispense with the aid of painting. We must, then, recognize that sculpture as applied to architecture, has possessed two distinct systems of composition; the one belonging to Asiatic races, to the Egyptians, and even to the Greeks; the other belonging to our own art of the Middle Ages. But whichever of these two systems we may prefer, it is quite certain that the name of monumental sculpture should only be awarded when all the parts are allied to architecture as much by general plan and principle as by the execution of details. The sculptural styles of Egypt, of Greece, and of the Middle Ages, all bowed to this unchanging law, but in different ways and degrees. The 'latest of the three in date, that of the Middle Ages, perhaps affords the greatest possible variety of expression, and does so without any sacrifice of principle. From the middle of the twelfth century to the end of the thirteenth, French artists produced works of architecture in unequalled abundance, in which the sculpture, though more

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  • English
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