A History of Architecture Volume 2

A History of Architecture Volume 2

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...them, have always occupied as much space as the mosque proper, even including its open court. The view is of the north-eastern side, fronting on the street el-Marasineh. The facade, then, is of that twelfth-century Renaissance period in Moslem building when the picturesque stepped battlements were added to the earlier stalactite decoration of the corbelled cornice below. This is one of the few instances in which mosques at Cairo can be said to have street fronts. The entrance doorway is on the left, concealed by the poverty-stricken houses of crude brick in the foreground, but accessible by the ramp seen beyond. The admirable tomb-mosque of KaitBey, one of the most famous among the buildings of Cairo and its neighbourhood, has the beautifully carved dome shown in Fig. 190. Prisse d'Avennes in the first volume of his folio work4 gives a number of these cupolas arranged in contrast, one with another, in addition to those shown in plates of complete buildings. No one of them is richer or in better taste than the one taken from the tomb of 189--Mosque of Sengar-el-Gawaly, Cairo. (From photo.) 4 L'Art Arabe d'apres les Monuments du Kaire depuis le VIIC sifecle jusqu'a la fin du XVIIIC, par Prisse d'Avennes. Paris, 1877. 3 vols. ino--Tomb mosque of Kait-Bcv outside the walls of Cairo. (Tro: n photo.) Kait-Bey. This building dates from 1460. It has a very striking minaret; but this is apparently of a later date and of a time of less pure taste. The excessive projection of the sculptured interfacings and the evident desire to get sharp contrasts of 'light and shade show poorly beside the calculated delicacy of the relief sculpture upon the cupola, the spandrels of the arches, and the panels which display Arabic texts. It is probable that the more massive...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549864
  • 9781236549860