The Ministry Of Fine Art To The Happiness Of Life; Essays On Various Arts

Paperback | May 18, 2012

byThomas Gambier Parry

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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. 1887 Excerpt: ...from the inlaid floor, where for penitential purposes its intricacies were threaded sometimes on the feet, sometimes on the knees, and sometimes with the fingers, as in the labyrinth engraved upon one of the piers of the porch of the cathedral at Lucca, to others where it was merely used as an ornamental device and often richly coloured in marble, enamelled tiles and mosaic in classic and Christian art, varying in style from those on the old Roman floors of Bignor in England, and at Caerleon in Wales, to the mediaeval pavement inlaid in black and white under the western tower of Ely Cathedral. The associations of ancient and mediaeval art were singularly brought together by these labyrinths, as those of the Roman mosaic at Salzburg and the Christian example at Chartres are sufficient to illustrate, where in each case the centres were originally occupied by the classic fable of Theseus slaying the Minotaur in the famous labyrinth in Crete, which certainly in Christian art, and very probably in Pagan, symbolised the heroism of self-devotion overcoming evil. The passages of the Christian labyrinth were sometimes engraved with the verses of the Miserere for repetition by the penitents as they followed the track, and for all others their moral was to "represent the difficult ways of life, before arriving at celestial rest." In the ancient basilica at Orleansville in Algeria, founded as early as A.D. 328, the Church, "Sancta Ecclcsia," is written in mosaic in the centre of the labyrinth, as the haven of the soul's rest, with pathways sometimes approaching, sometimes diverging from it, as in the waywardness of life. Every century till the close of the fourteenth, affords examples of pavements ornamented with labyrinths. On the floor of the gran...

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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. 1887 Excerpt: ...from the inlaid floor, where for penitential purposes its intricacies were threaded sometimes on the feet, sometimes on the knee...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:May 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021776374X

ISBN - 13:9780217763745

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