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Bronzes (Paperback) Loot Price: R258
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Bronzes (Paperback): Charles Drury Edward Fortnum
Bronzes (Paperback): Charles Drury Edward Fortnum

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Bronzes (Paperback)

Charles Drury Edward Fortnum

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (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...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Charles Drury Edward Fortnum
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 48
ISBN-13: 978-1-151-50813-3
Barcode: 9781151508133
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-151-50813-6

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