Handbook of the Arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; As Applied to the Decoration of Furniture, Arms, Jewels, &C. &C

Handbook of the Arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; As Applied to the Decoration of Furniture, Arms, Jewels, &C. &C

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...of gold, weighing three hundred pounds, patens of gold of large dimensions, chalices of gold and silver, cruets for the wine of the offertory, lamps and lustres of different forms, enriched with the figures of animals, baptismal fonts, altar frontals, censers, and even statues of gold and silver. The popes who succeeded St. Sylvester, continued to enrich the churches of Rome with precious gifts of the goldsmith's work, at all periods that they were not prevented from so doing by the troubles and wars that so frequently agitated Italy, Pope Symmachus (41)8 f 514), was the one who above all others after St. Sylvester, gave orders for the most costly pieces of workmanship. According to the calculation that D'Agincourt has been patient enough to make from the "Liber pontitificalis" of Anastasius, they amounted to the weight of one hundred and thirty pounds of gold, and of seven hundred pounds of silver.' But Constantine had called to Constantinople the most CHaP. VII. WILL OF PEBPETUUS, BISHOP OF TOOLS. 203 skilful artists: a succession of them flourished there, and it was in this city, as we have before had occasion to remark, that the arts which minister to luxury made the most rapid progress. A taste for the works of the goldsmith became a general passion, and the art was no longer restricted to ecclesitical use. The palaces of the great rivalled the churches in magnificence; these sumptuous residences were adorned with prodigious quantities of vessels of gold and silver, ' and the women displayed in their jewels an unprecedented luxury. "Our admiration is now-a-days all reserved for the goldsmiths and the weavers," exclaimed St. John Chrysostom, in his pulpit at Constantinople, while inveighing against the pride and luxury of...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650433
  • 9781236650436