The Column And The Arch; Essays On Architectural History

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byWilliam Pitt Preble Longfellow

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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.1898 Excerpt: ... KOMANESQUE AECHITECTUKE It is easy to forget, on the one hand,-how distinctively architecture is a thing of race, or, on the other, how wide has been the controlling influence of the races that have given birth to styles. The whole of classic architecture, I have tried to show in another essay, was the creation of the Greeks. Early Christian or Latin architecture, a transitional phase, seems to have been a mixed product of mixed influences, in which Greek skill and barbarian enterprise in the east and Italian conservatism in the west all had a share. After the first Christian centuries there was a division of styles as of empire. That singular combination of Greek, oriental, and northern elements which made the Eastern Empire, made also the Byzantine style. In due time grew up under the hands of the Teutonic races that central stock of so-called Lombard architecture which was really the common Romanesque of Germany itself and of those parts of Italy that were given up to German influence, and CATHEDRAL--SPEYER Romanesque Towers of which the architectures of England and France were variants. Somewhat later there germinated separately in Tuscany, where Italian character remained ascendant, but with a large infiltration of Teutonic energy and imagination, the little style which we call the Tuscan Romanesque. It was really the fulfilling of the Early Christian, worked out not pictorially, as a skeleton of walls and roof wrapped within with a garment of painting and mosaic, like the basilicas of Rome and Ravenna, but architecturally, with a rich and delicate detail incorporated into its substance, both within and without, of sculpture and colored marbles. Its culmination was the cathedral of Pisa. It had not the grandeur, the flexibility and variety, the constru...

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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.1898 Excerpt: ... KOMANESQUE AECHITECTUKE It is easy to forget, on the one hand,-how distinctively architecture is a thing of race, or, on the oth...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217579833

ISBN - 13:9780217579834

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