The Aesthetic Purpose of Byzantine Architecture and Other Essays

The Aesthetic Purpose of Byzantine Architecture and Other Essays

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814* edition. Excerpt: ...Berencytia, for which he died in awful tortures, during which he was comforted by his mother. During the period from 1824 to 1834 Ingres painted many portraits, which are not only masterpieces but also historical documents for the times of the July monarchy. One sees amongst them such types as that of the business man, "DixHuit-Cent-Trente," insolent because of his success and his wealth, and many Messieurs Prud'hommes and their respectable wives, with short busts, wearing mantillas a la Pamila. Among all those portraits the most remarkable is that of the director of the Journal des Dibats, Bertin. His features are regular, but his head, set on large shoulders, is heavy; he sits in an armchair, his big hands resting on his enormous legs; he is massive and clumsy, like a log. The whole spirit of the bourgeoisie is expressed in that canvas; it is a synopsis of the epoch; an epic poem of its tendencies and its ideals. During that time Ingres began his educational efforts; he opened a school of painting and tried to impart to his not very numerous pupils his theory, his artistic credo; he believed himself to be an apostle, for he said, "Vart n'est pas settlement une profession, c'est aussi un apostolat." The little, fat, impetuous man had, in fact, something of the sacerdotal in him; enthusiasm, faith, and energy radiated from his proud and independent face. "He looks," Theodore de Banville said of him, "like a figure of a threatening Titan by Michael Angelo; it seems that while creating him Buonarotti began to work, as was his custom, without previously having taken any measurement, and starting from the head; as the block of marble proved to be too short, the torso was made in proportion, but he was obliged to...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236530373
  • 9781236530370