Letters from Italy; Describing the Manners, Customs, Antiquities, Paintings, &C. of That Country in the Year MDCCLXX and MDCCLXXI to a Friend Residing

Letters from Italy; Describing the Manners, Customs, Antiquities, Paintings, &C. of That Country in the Year MDCCLXX and MDCCLXXI to a Friend Residing

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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. 1777 edition. Excerpt: ...noble and majestic appearance; the architrave consists of only three pieces of fine African marble; the door is of brass and of antique sculpture, but does not seem to have been originally designed for this place. On entering the temple, which is quite round, you are struck with its apparent smallness; but this deception must arise from its proportions, being as wide as it is high; it is covered by a dome open in the center; whose compartments must have made a beautiful appearance, when plaited with gilt bronze, but at present there is not the smallest vestige remaining of any metal. M stepped the pavement, and it measured sixty yards diameter within, from wall to wall. There are no windows; a sufficiency of light being admitted from the opening in the dome. The pavement would have amused me for hours, being composed of a great variety of morsels of fine Italian marble, opaque gems, alabasters, agates, and jaspers. These have been picked up indiscriminately from from amongst the ruins, and used without the least regard to their quality, in repairing the pavement where wanted. Here are some fine pillars of porphyry and giallo antico; also altars, particularly the chief one, is well worthy of notice. C A Monument erected in honour of Raffaello, by Carlo Maratti, is not in a good taste. His busto appears in a nich, and near to it the following lines by cardinal Benbo; file hie est Raphael, timuit quo sospite vinciy Return magna parens, 6? moriente mori. Here is also a monument to Annibal Carracci, by Carlo Maratti; one to the famous Corelli; and others in honour of different artists. The internal decorations in general are mean and base; bad pictures, votive representations, the weak efforts of superstition, every where cover the walls. Behind the...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236561198
  • 9781236561190