The Architecture of the Renaissance in Italy; A General View for the Use of Students and Others

The Architecture of the Renaissance in Italy; A General View for the Use of Students and Others

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...within and without, and is quite satisfactory. Its importance, therefore, does not rest entirely on what was achieved at the time, but in the power of composition and command over detail, which its Arcade On Brackets In Cortilk Of Pal. Fava, Bologna. gradual unfolding placed in the hands of the masters of the culminating period which succeeded. The argument that the Renaissance, being purely imitative, is unworthy of study, or of being placed in the same category as the preceding styles, against which contention it was possible to make a case even in Florence, becomes more unfair and even ridiculous in the face of such buildings and such ornament as the North Italian districts present. But instead of taking the view already noticed, that the early Renaissance consists in the first corruptions of the Gothic School, we might, with more truth, take the very opposite view, that it consisted in a purification of the corrupt Italian Gothic and Romanesque. The architects of the time, their eyes opened to the beauty of the antique forms, and a working knowledge of ancient principles attained to, looked on the illogical Italian Gothic forms and treatments from a new standpoint, and saw in them merely corruptions of the old Roman methods. Such buildings as the Cornaro-Spinelli and the Vendramini cannot with any show of reason be described as corrupt Gothic buildings. They are certainly developments of the Gothic palaces, whose chief features they present; but treated with the Roman technic, which all along had been most applicable to the classical forms the Italians chose to retain during the mediaeval period, and to which in the degradation and exhaustion of their Gothic style they very naturally and properly turned. The construction and. general effect...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236495268
  • 9781236495266