The Encyclopaedia Britannica; A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, with New Maps and Original American Articles by Eminent Writers Volume 2

The Encyclopaedia Britannica; A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, with New Maps and Original American Articles by Eminent 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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... had the same feeling in some degree, and Benozzo Gozzoli has shown us in his exquisite paintings in the chapel of the Riccardi Palace at Florence, and Perugino and Rafiaelle in the Stanza of the Vatican. how their work might be best adorned But it-was not only in Italy--the land par ezcellnwe of colour-that men had a true appreciation of its value. It need hardly be told how St Louis, in the palmiest days of the Erench kingdom, covered the walls of the Saints Chap'elle of Paris with gold and colour and mosaic, and filled its windows with stained glass of thr. richest hues, so that to the present day it is an example of the most gorgeous colouring it is possible to conceive; or how, in England, when our monarchs wished to rival the zeal and enthusiasm of St Louis, they gave, in St Stephen's Chapel at Westminster, 'an example equally sumptuous and rich in colour: whilst at the same, time, not only in our cathedrals, but in almost every parish church throughout our country, traces of more or less colouring are found to have existed over nearly the whole surface of the walls. Taking for granted, therefore, that every one will allow that it was, at any rate, the intention of all architects, as far as possible, to combine colour with form, it remains to be seen how this was accomplished. There were two great and distinct orders of architectural colourists, the constructional and the decorative. The first were those who built their walls partially or altogether with coloured materials; the second those who so built them that colour might afterwards be added, and with an especial view to its introduction. It is of the works of the former of these two classes that it is right to 'speak first, because the way in which they did...show more

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  • Paperback | 1072 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 53mm | 1,869g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236827244
  • 9781236827241