A Description of the Antiquities and Other Curiosities of Rome; With Illustrations from Ancient and Modern Writers Volume 2

A Description of the Antiquities and Other Curiosities of Rome; With Illustrations from Ancient and Modern Writers Volume 2

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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. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...has lately been erected to the memory of Cardinal York, which is executed by Canova. The present King of England contributed largely to the expense of it, but it is represented as being no very successful specimen of that great sculptor's talents. What principally makes St. Peter's the wonder of the world is the cupola. The enormous size of the four supports of it has been already mentioned. They are about 240 feet in circumference, and 178 in height. Each of the four has two niches in front, one above the other. In the lower ones are statues of saints, and some of the most precious relics are preserved in them. S. Veronica has her veil or sudarium: S. Helena has part of the true cross: S. Andrew (whose statue is the best of the four, and is the work of Fiammingo) takes charge of his own head: m and the fourth statue, by Bernini, is that of S. Longi She had retired to a convent before her death, because her husband kept a mistress. i" Beside the head of S. Andrew, that of S. Luke, together with the whole bodies of S. Simon, S. Jude, and S. Matthias, are said to be deposited in this Basilica. It should be mentioned, however, that the Churches of S. Job, at Venice, and of S. Justina, at Padua, each claim possession of the body of S. Luke; and Evelyn says, that S. Matthias reposes in the Church of S. Maria Maggiore. nus, the soldier, who pierced our Saviour's side. Some remarks may be made upon these statues and relics...-i It is unfortunate, or at least suspicious, for this sudarium of S. Veronica, that there are no leas than six rival ones shown in different places, viz. Turin, Milan, Cadoin in Perigort, Besancon, Compeign, and Aix-la-Chapelle. That at Cadoin has fourteen bulls to declare it genuine; that at Turin has only four: ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236885651
  • 9781236885654