History of Architecture in All Countries from the Earliest Times to the Present Day Volume 2
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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...to finish it, and a model of his design is still preserved. It is fortunate that his plan was not carried out. The facade was finished, as wo now see it, from the designs of Amati, by order of Napoleon. It is commonplace, as might be expected from its age, but inoffensive. The doorways are part of Pellegrini's design, and the Mediaeval forms being placed over these of the cinque cento, produce a strangely incongruous effect. For the west front several original designs aro still preserved. One of these, with two small square towers at the angles, as at Vercelli and elsewhere, was no doubt the Italian design. The German one (Woodcut No. 772) is preserved by Baesi:1 had this been executed, the facado would have been about one-third (viz. 100 ft.) wider than that of Cologne. Had the height of the towers been in the same proportion, they would have been the tallest in the world. In that case the effect here, as at Cologne, would have been to sherten and overpower the rest of the building to a painful extent. A design midway between the two, with spires rising to the same height as the central one, or about 360 ft., would perhaps have the happiest effect. - I)C9i8" '"ro"8" Catbednd" At any rate, the want of some such features 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 instanco of such an occurrence on this side of the Alps, till modern times; and it shews that in theso days the Italians were nearly as devoid of any distinct principles of architecture as we have since become. The great...
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