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Val d'Arno
by John Ruskin
Binding: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: BiblioLife
Weight: 1.16 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 10 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 055906313X
ISBN 13: 9780559063138
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: as symbol of St. John Evangelist only, but behold! with prey between its claws. For the Gospel, it is Niccola's opinion, is not altogether a message that you may do whatever you like, and go straight to heaven. Finally, a slab of marble, cut hollow a little to bear your book; space enough for you to speak from at ease, and here is your first architecture of Gothic Christianity ! 25. Indignant thunder of dissent from German doctors, clamour from French savants. 'What! and our Treves, and our Strasburg, and our Poictiers, and our Chartres ! And you call this thing the first architecture of Christianity!' Yes, my French and German friends, very fine the buildings you have mentioned are; and I am bold to say I love them far better than you do, for you will run a railroad through any of them any day that you can turn a penny by it. I thank you also, Germans, in the name of our Lady of Strasburg, for your bullets and fire; and I thank you, Frenchmen, in the name of our Lady of Rouen, for your new haberdashers' shops in the Gothic town ; meanwhile have patience with me a little, and let me go on. 26. No passion of fretwork, or pinnacle whatever, I said, is in this Pisan pulpit. The tre foiled arch itself, pleasant as it is, seems forced a little; out of perfect harmony with the rest (see Plate II.). Unnatural, perhaps, to Niccola? Altogether unnatural to him, it is ; such a thing never would have come into his head, unless some one had shown it him. Once got into his head, he puts it to good use; perhaps even he will let this somebody else put pinnacles and crockets into his head, or at least, into his son's, in a little while. Pinnacles, crockets, it may be, even traceries. The ground tier of the baptistery is round arched, and has no pinnacles; but look at its first story. ...

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