Pompeii, Its Destruction And Re-Discovery

    This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...wholly destroyed? It is impossible to describe-the consummate skill with which so many figures are arranged and grouped in this confined space, or the truth and correctness of the drawing, the distribution of light and shade, the effect of the colours, and scrupulous attention to the minutest accessories. Michael Angelo and Raphael might have been proud of the dyinghorseman; and Alexander's Bucephalus, the horses of the quadriga, the others that lie on the ground wounded, and especially the one rearing and fore-shortened, are drawn with a boldness and truth in their motions and positions which the greatest modern painters, Raphael not excepted, might envy." Professor Quaranta supposes that the mosaic represents the battle of Issus, and brings passages from Diodorus and Quintus Curtius in support of his belief. The features of the figure said to be Alexander are reported to resemble the portraits of that monarch; and the professor hazards a conjecture that, if in this head we recognise Alexander, that of Darius may also be his true portrait, which has hitherto been wholly unknown. "When I first saw this masterpiece," he adds, " the heads of Darius and some of the Persians struck me so much, that I thought I had never seen anything so perfect; nay, that even the finest of Raphael's could scarcely bear any comparison with them." The subject of ancient painting will occupy a greater share of our attention; We shall not enter into any antiquarian discussions concernmg the first exercise of a faculty which seems almost as natural to man as the use of words; nor attempt to give a history of ancient art, which would lead to a long digression little connected with Italian history, and not very edifying: for though Pliny has collected a vast ...

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    Product : This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...wholly destroyed? It is impossible to describe-the consummate skill with which so many figures are arranged and grouped in this confined space, or the truth and correctness of the drawing, the distribution of light and shade, the effect of the colours, and scrupulous attention to the minutest accessories. Michael Angelo and Raphael might have been proud of the dyinghorseman; and Alexander's Bucephalus, the horses of the quadriga, the others that lie on the ground wounded, and especially the one rearing and fore-shortened, are drawn with a boldness and truth in their motions and positions which the greatest modern painters, Raphael not excepted, might envy." Professor Quaranta supposes that the mosaic represents the battle of Issus, and brings passages from Diodorus and Quintus Curtius in support of his belief. The features of the figure said to be Alexander are reported to resemble the portraits of that monarch; and the professor hazards a conjecture that, if in this head we recognise Alexander, that of Darius may also be his true portrait, which has hitherto been wholly unknown. "When I first saw this masterpiece," he adds, " the heads of Darius and some of the Persians struck me so much, that I thought I had never seen anything so perfect; nay, that even the finest of Raphael's could scarcely bear any comparison with them." The subject of ancient painting will occupy a greater share of our attention; We shall not enter into any antiquarian discussions concernmg the first exercise of a faculty which seems almost as natural to man as the use of words; nor attempt to give a history of ancient art, which would lead to a long digression little connected with Italian history, and not very edifying: for though Pliny has collected a vast ...
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