Italy, Rome and Naples; From the French of H. Taine Volume 1

Italy, Rome and Naples; From the French of H. Taine Volume 1

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...disguised as elephants, and horses travestied as winged grifiins. Shepherds in sable and ermine skins and crowned with garlands, priests in antique togas bearing candelabra and vases of gold, senators, lictors, and knights in gay armour, displaying their fasces and trophies, and jurisconsults, in long robes on horseback, all surrounded the cars, on which eminent Roman personages appeared amid the insignia of their offices and the monuments of their exploits. Through their proud nudity, valiant attitudes, and grand flowing drapery, these painted and sculptured forms heightened the pagan effect of this pagan procession, and taught energy and joyousness to living companions, who to the clang of trumpets and the acclamations of the crowd displayed themselves on the horses and cars around them. The generous sun, shining overhead, again illuminated a world similar to that of former days in the same place, that is to say, the same deep sentiment of natural poetic joyousness, the same blooming physical health and energy, the same eternal youthful inspiration, and the same triumphant reverential devotion to beauty. And when the spectators, after witnessing this long and rich array of splendid accoutrements, these rustling, flowing draperies, the bright glitter of silver scarfs, the yellow reflections of golden garlands and arabesques, saw the last car approaching with its pyramid of living figures, and above these, by the side of a ver dant laurel, a naked infant, personifying the Renaissance of the golden age, well might they believe that they had for a moment reanimated the noble lost antiquity, and, after a winter of fifteen centuries were again beholding the human plant flowering in all its grandeur. ' These are the spectacles then daily...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236761987
  • 9781236761989