Transactions of the Institute of British Architects of London Volume 2

Transactions of the Institute of British Architects of London Volume 2

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...differ greatly from the other churches. The architect was likewise a foreigner, and Ivan ordered him " to employ the best resources of his art." When finished Ivan was satisfied with it, and on rewarding the architect asked if there were any possibility of his building a finer edifice;--the unfortunate artist, proud of his art, replied in the affirmative, and the tyrant caused him to be blinded and murdered in a miserable manner. 1584--1598. During the reign of Feodor, mention is for the first time made of other pictures besides the mere effigies of the saints. In the granite palace at the Kremlin was seen at that time a picture representing " the division of the empire between the sons of Vladimir the Great" and some, the subjects of which were taken from sacred history. 1600. The Czar Boris caused the erection of the magnificent clock tower Ivan-Veliki at the Kremlin. At this period Moscow could reckon four hundred churches, thirty-five of which were at the Kremlin alone. It still remains to speak of all, that has been constructed since that age down to the present day; but all these buildings present so few remarkable features, either with respect to the history of the church or to art itself, that it is unnecessary to notice them particularly. 1682--1725. From the time of Peter the Great, and particularly at Petersburgh, a change of style took place, and the type of the ancient church was replaced by a foreign style. If the developement of art in Russia was retarded in consequence of the strict imitation of ancient forms, it was still more so by the employment of forms by no means properly understood; but of this there will be occasion to speak by-and-by. After this general view of the progress of Christian art in...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236756800
  • 9781236756800