London. Paris. Berlin

London. Paris. Berlin

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...channing lecture.. Nobody would come to hear it--but I should a little of the debt ' I owe to Paris, by attempting to correct that almost universal misapprehension that Paris is all vanity and rush and restlessness, that the characteristic expression of Paris is a lustful leer and the chief amusement of mac!.: OF THE LUXEMBOURG Parisians, debauchery. So it may seem, especially to the American who pays his annual toll to the vice of Paris and who has done much to perpetuate the orgy.like gayeties that animate certain sections of the city; but there is a "Quiet Paris" full of serenity and calm. This peaceful Paris is not a special quarter; it 1s made up of many and various fragments scattered far and wide. The most artistic architectural fragment of that peaceful Paris of the thoughtful fldneur is the exquisite old palace of the Abbots of Cluny--now a museum of medieval arts and craftsmanship. The Musee de Cluny is one of the most satisfying bits of old Paris that has survived the campaign of "improvement" that has swept away so much of the quaintness and beauty of the past. It is satisfying within and without. The exterior is as charming to.day in itsr Gothic grace and dignity as it was when the conscientious workmen of the abbot.builder, Jacques d'Amboise, finished their tasks in the year 1490, and the holy men of the Abbey of Cluny took possession of their artistic residence. Three centuries later the Revolution gave it to the State. In 1833 it became the property of the famous archeologist de Sommerard, and when he died in 1842 the State regained possession through purchase, and this historic house and the artistic treasures it contains may be regarded now as precious public property. The collections...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236973321
  • 9781236973320