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Pagina 135 - Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, LORD, it is good for us to be here : if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles ; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Pagina 84 - Palazzo-Vecchio, is a medieval structure, an enormous block of stone pierced with occasional trefoil windows, with a heavy cornice of projecting battlements and flanked with a similar high tower, a veritable domestic citadel calculated for strife and a beacon, on the defensive near by and visible afar off, a perfect panoply crowned with a visible crest. It is impossible to look at it without being reminded of the intestine "wars described by Dino Campagni. Times in Italy were rude during the middle...
Pagina 232 - two hundred ways of making the eyes look up to heaven.' What he contributes to this trifling, gallant, already satiated society, flourishing with sigisbes, is a delicate effeminate expression unknown to the old masters — the physiognomies and conventional smiles of society. Veritable energy, the interior force of undisguised passion, had already disappeared in Italy ; people no longer admired the true virgins, the primitive spirits, the simple peasants of Raphael, but the sentimental inmates of...
Pagina 41 - ... luxurious garden, filled with orange and lemon-trees, as heavily laden with fruit as those of a Normandy orchard; the ground at the foot of the trees is covered with it. Clusters of foliage and shrubbery of a pale green, bordering on blue, occupy intermediate spaces. The rosy blossoms of the peach, so tender and delicate, bloom on its naked branches. The walks are of bright blue porcelain, and the terrace displays its round verdant masses overhanging the sea, of which the lovely azure fills all...
Pagina 24 - Statues still whiter seemed in this mysterious gloom to be alive ; groups of young maidens, in light flowing robes, advanced noiselessly, like beautiful spirits of gladness. I seemed to be gazing on ancient Greek life, to comprehend the delicacy of their sensations, to find a neverending study in the harmony of these slender forms and faded tints ; colour and luminousness no longer seemed requisite. I was listening to the verses of Aristophanes, and beheld his youthful athlete with crowned brow,...
Pagina 129 - Thought, with them, slumbers; they walk or look straight before them with the coolness and placidity of virginal purity; in vain will education with all its animated elegancies rival the divine uncouthness of their gravity. This is why I so highly prize the paintings of this age ; none in Florence have I studied more. They are often deficient in skill and are always dull; they lack both action and color. It is the renaissance in its dawn, a dawn gray and somewhat cool, as in the spring when the rosy...
Pagina 104 - ... church, even Jesuitical, and whatever its pompous decoration may be, testifies to a formidable corporation. Those who created monk, statue, and church have left their visible imprint on the common roll of humanity either through their abnegation or through their energy. A convent like the Trinita del Monte with the air of a closed fortress, a fountain like that of Trevi, a palace massive and monumental like those of the Corso and of the great square of Venice, denote beings and tastes not of...
Pagina 128 - Nothing here intervenes between insipidity and coarseness, between the parlour dandy and the stout porter. This impotence shows at a glance the difference between the antique and the modern. Continuing on, you come to the Belvedere ' Mercury,' a young man standing like the Meleager, but still more beautiful. The torso is more vigorous and the head more refined. A smiling expression flickers lightly over the countenance, the grace and modesty* of a well-born youth capable of expressing himself properly...
Pagina 301 - ... first among his rivals, visited at his house by the kings of France and of Poland, favorite of the Emperor, of Philip II. of the doges, of Pope Paul III, of all the Italian princes ; created a Knight and count of the empire, overwhelmed with commissions, liberally compensated, pensioned and worthily enjoying his good fortune. He lives in great state, dresses splendidly and has at his table cardinals, seignors, the greatest artists and the ablest writers of the day.
Pagina 261 - On our return we followed this street which ascends and descends, bordered with palaces and old hedges of thorn, as far as Santa Maria Maggiore. This basilica, standing upon a large eminence, surmounted with its domes, rises nobly upwards, at once simple and complete, and when you enter it, it affords still greater pleasure. It belongs to the fifth century ; on being rebuilt at a later period, the general plan, its antique idea, was preserved. An ample nave, with a horizontal roof, is sustained by...