Mediaeval Sicily, Aspects of Life and Art in the Middle Ages

Mediaeval Sicily, Aspects of Life and Art in the Middle Ages

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... Parian. Encrusted in the cipollino panels of walls, parapet, pulpit, &c., we find other varieties of the same beautiful workmanship. The patterns of this parcel mosaic show a double origin; in some we find the well-known mosaic borders in gilt tenene and coloured marbles of contemporary " Cosmati " work--the Roman development of the Alexandrine prototype--also pretty little conventional trees, birds and sprays. Others are strikingly Saracenic in their use of the five-tongued " battlement" motive (derived from the palmetto), or of mosaic bands in which white predominates, in a kind of pleasing filigree or lacework braid of narrow strips of opaque white paste. The two original doors let into this lovely panelling are of bronze with a fine cast decoration of lions' heads and bold quaint acanthus. an 6 as The mosaics praised by Theophanus were doubtless originally-Greek work. There has been, as I remarked, a good deal of restoration throughout; those that have suffered most are those in the apse below the Christ, which are ruined; the Christ is still however fine, the Biblical scenes on the south wall very fine and sweet indeed, and probably near the original Greek work in their simple charm of narrative treatment, suave melody of line, exquisite gay colour and free handling of the technique. An excellent place for observing this is the pulpit, where the supple freedom of the lines of the tessene of these panels can be contrasted side by side with the more mechanical work in the side aisles, due probably to Sicilian pupils of the first Greek masters. Yet even these still retain, as a whole, the impressiveness and charm of a great and noble tradition of expressive and decorative art. The solemn more

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  • 1236924436
  • 9781236924438