Essays and papers on literary and historical subjects

Paperback | May 14, 2012

byHarry Longueville Jones

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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. 1870 Excerpt: ...and architects, though for a time thrown into the background, were destined to enter on a new and more rational course of study and practice than they had before experienced. As, however, one of the fondest and falsest dreams of the revolutiouary madmen who came into short-lived power on the downfall of the monarchy, was the Romanising of every thing; and as even the State itself attempted to deck itself out in the ill-assorted paraphernalia of the Roman republic--so public taste took a similar direction, and all persons who cultivated the fine arts either followed the general impulse of their own accord, or else accommodated themselves to the turn of national fancy; hence the classical and heroical school arose. Architectural forms of all kinds, external and internal decorations, articles of furniture, and even parts of female dress, assumed a character more or less antique; the pseudo-Hellenists and the quasi-Romanists carried the day in all matters of painting, designing, or sculpturing. David and his disciples fixed the standard of taste in these matters, and his Leonidas at Thermopylae, with his Rape of the Sabines, may be considered as at once the types and the chef-d'oeuvre of the French Revolutionary school. The dates of these productions are, it is true, posterior to the great cataclysm--but they are nevertheless the results and the crowning points of the system, beyond which it could not effect anything better. The painters, who were contemporary with David during the earlier days of the Consulate and the Empire, and who were employed in recording the victories and the deeds of Napoleon, were most of them below mediocrity. Their works have been lately collected at Versailles, and are ranged in the galleries which contain the Napoleonic series, whe...

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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. 1870 Excerpt: ...and architects, though for a time thrown into the background, were destined to enter on a new and more rational course of study ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217472095

ISBN - 13:9780217472098

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