Saint Ursula by John Ruskin

Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,473 / 19 pg
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Genres: Art, Religion, History

d into two wreaths, which encircle her head like a double crown. The white nightgown hides the arm, raised on the pillow, down to the wrist.

At the door of the room an angel enters (the little dog, though lying awake, vigilant, takes no notice). He is a very small angel; his head just rises a little above the shelf round the room, and would only reach as high as the princess’s chin, if she were standing up. He has soft grey wings, lustreless; and his dress, of subdued blue, has violet sleeves, open above the elbow, and showing white sleeves below. He comes in without haste, his body like a mortal one, casting shadow from the light through the door behind, his face perfectly quiet, a palm-branch in his right hand, a scroll in his left.

So dreams the princess, with blessed eyes that need no earthly dawn. It is very pretty of Carpaccio to make her dream out the angel’s dress so particularly, and notice the slashed sleeves; and to dream so little an angel–very nearly a doll angel–bringing her the

Rembrandt by Hermann Knackfuss

Author: Hermann Knackfuss
Published: 1897
Language: German
Wordcount: 35,013 / 130 pg
LoC Category: ND

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Genre: Art

den. Dieses in der Gemäldegalerie zu Kassel befindliche Bild legt zugleich in seiner leichten und freien Behandlung Zeugnis ab von Rembrandts schneller Vervollkommnung in der Ölmalerei. Mehrere um die nämliche Zeit gemalte Studienköpfe, die in verschiedenen Sammlungen aufbewahrt werden, erzählen von dem Fleiß und der Gewissenhaftigkeit seiner Übungen und fordern durch die geistreiche Weise der Anpassung und der Ausführung unsere höchste Bewunderung heraus (Abb. 11).

[Illustration: Abb. 11. Bildnis eines alten Mannes, um 1631 gemalter Studienkopf. In der königl. Gemäldegalerie zu Kassel. (Nach einer Photographie von Franz Hanfstängl in München.)]

[Illustration: Abb. 12. Bettler. Radierung.]

Im Jahre 1631 verließ Rembrandt seine Vaterstadt Leiden, in die er nur zu kurzen Besuchen zeitweilig zurückkehrte, und siedelte nach Amsterdam, der stolzen und reichen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Provinzen, &uu

The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings by John Trusler

Illustrations are not provided in this text.

Author: John Trusler
Published: 1833
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,806 / 133 pg
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Genres: Non-fiction, Art

PLATE 1 39 ” 2 41 ” 3 43 ” 4 45 ” 5 47 ” 6 49

The Lecture 51 The Chorus 53 Columbus breaking the Egg 55 Modern Midnight Conversation 57 Consultation of Physicians 59 Portrait of Daniel Lock, Esq. 61 The Enraged Musician 63 Masquerades and Operas 65


Morning 67 Noon 69 Evening 71 Night 73

Sigismonda 75 Portrait of Martin Fowkes, Esq. 77 The Cockpit 78 Captain Thomas Coram 81 Country Inn Yard 83


PLATE 1 85 ” 2 87 ” 3 89 ” 4 91 ” 5 93 ” 6 95 ” 7 97 ” 8 99 ” 9 101 ” 10 103 ” 11 105 ” 12 107

Southwark Fair. 109 Garrick as Richard III. 111


PLATE 1 France 113 ” 2 England 115



Of all the follies in human life, there is none greater than that of extravagance, or profuseness; it being constant labour, without the least ease or relaxation. It bears, indeed, the colour of that which is commendable, and would fain be thought t

Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places by Frederick William Fairholt

Author: Frederick William Fairholt
Published: 1871
Language: English
Wordcount: 51,551 / 160 pg
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Genres: Essays, Art

We give two small drawings of cabinet-handles in Figs. 14 and 15, part of the elaborate fittings of a piece of furniture which occupied the place of honour in the state-rooms of the wealthy, and upon which the art of the day was generally lavished with a most liberal hand. Ivory, ebony, and the rarest woods were employed in their construction, occasionally plaques of lapis lazuli, or coloured marbles, were used for the panels; ultimately the whole surface became an encrusted mosaic of figures, birds, and flowers, in coloured wood and stone, occasionally framed in the precious metals. The gorgeous taste of Louis Quatorze excited the fancy of the ébenistes of his court to the most costly invention. Furniture inlaid with engraved metal-work, or embossed with coloured stones, oppressed the sense of utility; and when tables, chairs, and picture-frames were made of silver, chased and overloaded with the scroll-work he so abundantly patronised, common sense seems to have yielded its place

Wood-Block Printing by F. Morley Fletcher

Author: F. Morley Fletcher
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,821 / 60 pg
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Genres: Instructional, Art

he Japanese practice.

My interest was first drawn in 1897 to experiments that were being made by Mr. J. D. Batten, who for two years previously had attempted, and partially succeeded in making, a print from wood and metal blocks with colour mixed with glycerine and dextrine, the glycerine being afterwards removed by washing the prints in alcohol. As the Japanese method seemed to promise greater advantages and simplicity, we began experiments together, using as our text-book the pamphlet by T. Tokuno, published by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the dextrine and glycerine method was soon abandoned. The edition of prints, however, of Eve and the Serpent designed by J. D. Batten, printed by myself and published at that time, was produced partly by the earlier method and partly in the simpler Japanese way.

Familiar as everyone is with Japanese prints, it is not generally known that they are produced by means of an extremely simple craft. No machinery is required, but only a few tools fo

The Cathedrals of Northern Spain by Charles Rudy

Author: Charles Rudy
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,402 / 222 pg
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Genres: Art, History, Travel

outhern horizon. One night it was only visible from Granada, and then Spain saw it no more. That same day–’twas in the fifteenth century–Boabdil el Chico surrendered the keys of Granada, and the Arabs fled, obeying the retreating star’s call.

To-day they are waiting in the north of Africa for Sohail to move once again to the north: when she does so, they will rise again as a single man, and regain their passionately loved Alhambra, their beautiful kingdom of Andalusia.

Tradition is fond of showing us a nucleus of fervent Christian patriots obliged by the invading Arab hordes to retire to the north-western corner of the Iberian peninsula. Here they made a stand, a last glorious stand, and, gradually increasing in strength, they were at last able to drive back the invader inch by inch until he fled across the straits to trouble Iberia no more.

Nothing is, however, less true. The noblemen and monarchs of Galicia, Leon, and Oviedo–later of Castile, Navarra, and Aragon–were so many petty l

Capitals by Frederick W. Hamilton

Author: Frederick W. Hamilton
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,177 / 49 pg
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North, South, Westerner, Oriental.

When these words are used in their ordinary significance of mere direction or location they are not capitalized except that in writing of Biblical history we speak of the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom into which Solomon’s territory was split after his death.

16. Generic terms for political divisions.

a. When the term is part of the name and directly follows it.

Holy Roman Empire British Empire Northwest Territory Queen’s County.

b. When it is used with the preposition of in such phrases as Borough of the Bronx, Department of the Gulf.

c. When part of a nickname, The Crescent City, the Buckeye State, the City of Brotherly Love.

Be careful not to capitalize such words when they are not an actual part of the name. French Republic is the name of the county, exactly translating

Cathedral Cities of England by George Gilbert

Author: George Gilbert
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,839 / 191 pg
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Genre: Art

The broach-spire now came into notice. It was added on to the square tower, and at the early part of this style was low in height, but gradually became taller.

The circular-headed windows of the Normans gave place to the narrow-pointed lancets of the Early English. These admitted little light, and necessitated a greater number of windows, which were grouped into couplets or triplets.

Geometrical.–The window, by the gradual process of piercing the vacant spaces in the window-head, carrying mouldings around the tracery (or ornamental filling-in), and adding cusps (the point where foliations of tracery intersect), gave rise to Geometrical work.

The earliest work of this kind is found in Westminster Abbey.

Decorated.–The towers are made to appear lighter by the parapets being either embattled or pierced with elegant designs, and pinnacles placed on them.

The broach-spires gave place to spires springing at once from the octagon. The buttresses are set