Lombardic Architecture; Its Origin, Development and Derivatives Volume 1

Lombardic Architecture; Its Origin, Development and Derivatives Volume 1

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... of the presbytery, and also the two nearest arches of the nave. The presbytery of the original church was divided from the nave and aisles by a screen. Of this screen, and also of the altar and other ritual fittings, numerous marble fragments survive, now built up in the roughly constructed dwarf walls, furnished with seats on the inside, which were intended to form an outer partition for the actual presbytery, and also to separate its middle portion from the sides. These fragments, consisting of entire plutei, parts of plutei, cornices, and uprights, at first sight appear to be of the same date, but to a trained eye reveal work of two distinct periods. To the earlier belong, for example, the altar frontal (Fig. 169) and the fragment of a pluteus (Fig. 170) here illustrated. In the carving of this group we find, in the first place, the Pre-Lom bardic characteristics of the first half of the VIIIth century; e.g. the motive of crosses framed in pairs of arches which, with the pillars from which they spring, are sometimes composed of interlacings; a kind of ornamental cresting of cauliculi arranged symmetrically; and thirdly, the design of squares formed by interlacing bands containing flowers, crosses, bunches of grapes, leaves, conventional plants, birds, &c. Hut the art displayed is less advanced than that of two fragments of plutei built into the wall of the portico of the SS. Apostoli at Rome, which we may believe were set up by order of Pope Hadrian I after the fall of the Lombards (774-795), as is shown by the less barbarous treatment of the leaves and birds pecking (the feathers being represented by irregular triangular notches made by the hammer) which are carved on them, and also by the presence of conventional lilies, not single but...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236518322
  • 9781236518323