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1878 Excerpt: ...group below. Its upper surface is a small
platform, backed by arches forming the centre of this stage. On the
platform are Joachim and Anna: he holds out his right hand, she
holds out both hers. Above this there is a rich architectural
finish of pierced traceried windows and dormers in the roof. They
balance each other on the two fides, but the design is not
repeated, the artist seeming to have taken pleasure in varying this
elaborate architectural front, perhaps in imitation of some actual
buildings with which he was familiar. Below the architecture is a
base of green enamel intended to represent a Hoping mountain, with
recesses in various parts of its surface. In the middle is seen the
Sta. Cafa of Loreto, a small building containing one room, an
arched door and narrow window beside it, a chimney in the roof and
another side window, the whole height being scarcely threequarters
of an inch. Outside, the blessed Virgin is seated reading at a
desk: there are also a lily; a knight holding a shield, gules; a
dog, a hare, and flowers scattered about the recesses of this
grassy hill; all on a minute scale. The elegance and variety mown
in the design of this clasp are astonishing on so small a scale.
The architecture is full of quaint details, which are only
recognised on a minute study of the metal work. The little flowers
on the hill, the house, the figures, the dog are all carefully made
out. They (how how deeply the principles of the pointed
architecture of the day had influence on all smaller art, not only
in the wood work of churches, altars, and shrines, but in chalices
and other metal work, more particularly that applied to
ecclesiastical uses, such as the morses or brooches used for
fastening the cope, as in this instance. Compare, e.g.., with this
|Country of origin:
Museum of Victoria
||246 x 189 x 10mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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