Remarks on the Architecture of the Middle Ages: Especially of Italy

J. & J. J. Deighton, 1835 - 200 páginas

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Página 5 - The curious result is a style in which the horizontal and vertical lines equally predominate, and which, while it wants alike the lateral extension and repose of the Grecian, and the lofty upward tendency and pyramidal majesty of the Gothic, is yet replete with many an interesting and valuable architectural lesson.
Página 8 - ... also speaks of this uniformity of style which prevailed everywhere throughout all countries as one of the most remarkable facts connected with the history of mediaeval architecture. And he cites the remark of Willis in his Architecture of the Middle Ages, that whereas in our own age it is the practice to imitate every style of architecture that can be found in all the countries of the earth, it appears that in any given period and place our forefathers admitted but of one style, which was used...
Página 30 - Willis, are the mouldings of an arch which are continued without interruption down the uprights to the ground or base, the impost point having no mark or distinction of any kind Contouring "(surveying altitudes and levels).
Página 109 - Fig. 23. mpn is the section of the pier arch, which differs from ab, Fig. 22. only in having edge-beads mn applied to the first order, and chamfers to the second p.
Página 13 - All countries, in adopting a neighbouring style, seem however to have worked it with some peculiarities of their own, so that a person conversant with examples can tell, upon inspecting a building, not only to what period it belongs, but to what nation. Much depends on material, much on 300 LATIN CHRISTIANITY.
Página 23 - This style is remarkable for the skill with which all the ornamental parts are made to enter into the apparent construction. Every member, nay, almost every moulding is a sustainer of weight, and it is by this multiplicity of props assisting each other, and the consequent subdivision of weight, that the eye becomes satisfied of the stability of the building, notwithstanding their slender proportions.
Página 19 - Greeks was founded upon a mechanical structure that only exerted perpendicular pressures, it is clear that the diagonal ones must be concealed by huge rectangular masses, decorated so as to appear as if sustaining vertical pressures only, unless we choose to invent new decorative forms for the diagonal props. The Romans attempted concealment, and hence introduced discordance between the decoration and the mechanism of the structure. The Gothic builders in later times more wisely adapted their decoration...

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