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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...in producing effects that were surprising for their ingenuity and their richness. The architects of Ile-de-France, Champagne, Burgundy and the Loire preserved, even in those latter days of the Gothic period, more moderation; and during the sixteenth century they tried to reproduce the forms, if not the structure of the Roman vault. When the individuality of a people is left to its own inspiration and is not falsified by a narrow spirit of system, it exhibits itself with entire freedom in their works of art, particularly in those which are to a great extent the result of reasoning. The Normans have always been daring workers rather than inventors; they have been able at all times to appropriate the discoveries of their neighbors, and therefore to derive profit to themselves. One should not require of them those efforts of the imagination, those conceptions which belong rather to the southern mind, but rather ingenious and profound applications, logical and scientific execution, persistence and care in the carrying out of details. These qualities are found in Anglo-Norman edifices built during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. One should not require of the Anglo-Normans that freedom of procedure, that variety, that individuality which is found in French constructions. Among them if a method passes for a good and practical one, they perfect it, extend its consequences, follow its progress and cling to it. We, French, on the contrary, are always seeking, but we perfect nothing. The Anglo-Norman constructions are usually executed with more care than ours, but to know one is to know them all; one never sees shining out among them those original and bold inspirations which have haunted our architects from the earliest days of Gothic art; the true...
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