Architecture of the Middle Ages. (Remarks On)

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Página 193 - ... heavy capitals which surround the piers and half-piers like a band of leaves, and the squareness of the piers with their nook-shafts; all these serve to make a wide distinction between this example and those of the genuine Gothic; and they are rarely found so completely united even in Italian churches. It will be seen that each compartment of the side aisle has two arches which open into shallow chapels.
Página 3 - 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 15 - THE eye, even of an unpractised observer, when viewing a magnificent building, is never satisfied, unless the weights appear to be duly supported, and it receives a corresponding pleasure when that is the case. Hence in all complete styles, part of the decoration is made to represent some kind of construction, and the more completely this is effected, the more satisfactory becomes the result. To be sure this apparent frame is often* totally different from the real one, but so long as the inconsistency...
Página 6 - ... 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 193 - ... various peculiarities which characterise the arrangements of the Italian Gothic, such as the wide and low pier arches whose span equals the breadth of the nave, the absence of the triforium and of the clerestory string, the great empty circles which occupy the space of the clerestory, the extensive doming of the vaults, the shallowness of the side aisles, the heavy capitals which surround the piers and half piers like a band of leaves, and the squareness of the piers with their nook shafts ;...
Página 107 - ... S. Ambrogio at Milan, S. Zeno at Verona, and the Vecchio Pieve at Arezzo, in Notre Dame at Avignon, and Mont Majour at Aries. In their Early periods this form of pier arch continues with the addition of edge mouldings, which are either alike or different in the two orders. Thus at Geneva, Pl. ill. 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. Bolder mouldings were afterwards...
Página 193 - ... edifice ; but the size and peculiar simplicity of the design produce an effect which reminds the English traveller of the purer Gothic of the north. " It possesses in a high degree the various peculiarities which characterise the arrangements of the Italian Gothic, such as the wide and low pier arches whose span equals the breadth of the nave, the absence of the triforium and of the clerestory string, the great empty circles which occupy the space of the clerestory, the extensive doming of the...
Página 21 - ... characters : a new decorative construction was matured, not thwarting and controlling, but assisting and harmonizing with the mechanical construction. All the ornamental parts were made to enter into the apparent construction. Every member, almost every moulding, became a sustainer of weight ; and by the multiplicity of props assisting each other, and the consequent subdivision of weight, the eye was satisfied of the stability of the structure, notwithstanding the curiously slender forms of the...
Página 193 - ... the clerestory string, the great empty circles which occupy the space of the clerestory, the extensive doming of the vaults, the shallowness of the side aisles, the heavy capitals which surround the piers and half piers like a band of leaves, and the squareness of the piers with their nook shafts ; all these serve to make a wide distinction between this example and those of the genuine Gothic ; and they are rarely found so completely united even in Italian churches. Each compartment of the side...

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