The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine. [Official Publication of Chautauqua Institution, a System of Popular Education] Volume 58

The Chautauquan; A Weekly Newsmagazine. [Official Publication of Chautauqua Institution, a System of Popular Education] Volume 58

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...inventions--in spite of compass, printing-press and steam--has not the spirit of such beauty well-nigh vanished from the earth; are we not impotent to lure it back?" General Esthetics of the Doric Style The unanimous judgment of all ages that the Greek Doric Peripteral design expresses in the highest possible degree the qualities of serene monumentality and dynamic rhythm forces the student to inquire closely concerning the esthetic basis for this verdict. We have explained many of the details and forms by which the end was attained but it still remains to describe the reasons responsible for the It architectonic effect experienced by the admirers of these wonderful Hellenic works. If the facades of a number of Greek temples (Figs. 8, 9, 10.), for example, the Parthenon, the Theseion and the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Paestum, are examined, it will be at once manifest that the horizontal lines of the crepidoma and the entablature dominate all other elements. This being so it follows that in the resultant effect upon the observer the horizontal factor must be the determining one. There is produced a feeling of serenity and majesty. That one would not experience this sensation if the lines of the base and superstructure were absent is at once demonstrated by viewing the north side of the Parthenon (Fig. 11.), where the entablature was destroyed by an explosion. Here the sensation is artistic uncertainty and chaos. The vertical direction of the columns lacks any modifying feature. The psychologists have demonstrated that the ordinary seeing of space rests upon the retinal sensations of both eyes and that these are greatly influenced by the tactile sensations produced by associated ideas. Miss Puffer says "try to think of a pine...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236947045
  • 9781236947048