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(without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER V. THE USE OF BRONZE IN MEDIAEVAL AND RENAISSANCE
SCULPTURE. With the advance of the Christian religion, but not
entirely consequent thereon, sculpture declined. Its greatest
subjects were directly offensive to the Mosaic law, the spirit of
which, as regards idolatry, was inherited and promulgated by the
disciples of Christ. Paganism was moreover rotten at the heart; and
the grand old poetic spirit which had fed and developed classical
mythology, crushed by despotism and scorned by philosophy and
materialism, had faded away, leaving as its record the beautiful
forms in which it had been so sublimely embodied. These, however,
still afforded a standard about which priestcraft clung, which
interest fostered, and to which ignorance still looked for aid. But
among nations of Grecian, of Etruscan, and of Latin blood, the
aesthetic and artistic desire was inherent and could not entirely
perish: eventually its direction was altered and its application
modified. Meanwhile the wreck of the Roman dominion, the inroads of
barbarian hordes, and finally the removal of the seat of empire to
Byzantium had throughout and rapidly undermined and debased the
spirit of that wondrous creative faculty which at one time had
attained such glorious perfection in Hellenic hands. The plastic
art in all materials had risen under their guidance to the highest
excellence which the world has ever known, or probably will ever
know again. Its progress had been gradual, its fall was rapid: yet
it is difficult to conceive, with monuments so superb still
existing and around, that it could have been permitted to sink so
far. In truth there was no healthy soil for the encouragement of
art in her higher walks; merely a certain amount of technical
ability was still maintained to administer to t...
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Charles Drury Edward Fortnum
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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