History of Architecture in All Countries from the Earliest Times to the Present Day Volume 2

History of Architecture in All Countries from the Earliest Times to the Present Day 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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...is greatly felt in the building as it stands. The Certosa, near Pavia, was commenced about the same date (1396) as the cathedral at Milan. It is seldom that we find two buildings in the Middle Ages so close to one another in date and locality, and yet so dissimilar. There is no instance of such an occurrence on this side of the Alps, till modern times; and it shews that in these days the Italians were nearly as devoid of any distinct principles of architecture as we have since become. The great difference between Pavia and Milan is that the former shews no trace of foreign influence. It is as purely Italian as St. Petronio, and by no means so complete or consistent in design. Nothing, in fact, can be more painful than the disproportion of the parts, the bad drawing of the details, the malformation of the vaults, and the meanness of the windows; theugh all these defects are completely hidden by the most gorgeous colouring, and by furniture of such richness as to bo almost unrivalled. So attractive are these two features to the majority of spectators, and so easily understood, that nine visitors out of ten are delighted with the Certosa, and entirely forget its miserable architecture in the richness and brilliancy of its decorations. Externally the architecture is better than in the interior. From its proximity to Pavia, it retains its beautiful old galleries under the roof. Its circular apses, with their galleries, give to this church, for the age to which it belongs, a peculiar character, harmonising well with the circular headed form, which nearly all the windows and openings present. Even in the interior there are far more circular than pointed arches. The most beautiful and wonderful part of the building is the facade. This was begun...show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236932803
  • 9781236932808