Travels in Italy, Greece and the Ionian Islands: In a Series of Letters, Description of Manners, Scenery, and the Fine Arts, Band 1

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Seite 274 - And mounts in spray the skies, and thence again Returns in an unceasing shower, which round, With its unemptied cloud of gentle rain, Is an eternal April to the ground, Making it all one emerald. How profound The gulf ! and how the giant element From rock to rock leaps with delirious bound, Crushing the cliffs, which downward, worn and rent With his fierce footsteps, yield in chasms a fearful vent...
Seite 274 - To the broad column which rolls on, and shows More like the fountain of an infant sea Torn from the womb of mountains by the throes Of a new world, than only thus to be Parent of rivers, which flow gushingly, With many windings, through the vale! — Look back! Lo ! where it comes like an eternity, As if to sweep down all things in its track, Charming the eye with dread, — a matchless cataract, LXXII.
Seite 275 - Horribly beautiful ! but on the verge, From side to side, beneath the glittering morn, An Iris sits, amidst the infernal surge, Like Hope upon a death-bed, and, unworn Its steady dyes, while all around is torn By the distracted waters, bears serene Its brilliant hues with all their beams unshorn : Resembling, 'mid the torture of the scene, Love watching Madness with unalterable mien.
Seite 44 - To them his heart, his love, his griefs were given, But all his serious thoughts had rest in Heaven. As some tall cliff, that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale and midway leaves the storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
Seite 274 - The roar of waters ! — from the headlong height Velino cleaves the wave-worn precipice ; The fall of waters ! rapid as the light The flashing mass foams shaking the abyss ; The hell of waters ! where they howl and hiss, And boil in endless torture ; while the sweat Of their great agony, wrung out from this Their Phlegethon, curls round the rocks of jet gird the gulf around, in pitiless horror set, LXX.
Seite 186 - The unfeeling Saint has here established a rule which anticipates the pains of Purgatory. No stranger can behold without emotion a number of noble, interesting young men bound to stand erect chanting at choir for eight hours a day; their faces pale, their heads shaven, their beards shaggy, their backs raw, their legs swollen, and their feet bare. With this horrible institute the climate conspires in severity, and selects from society the best constitutions. The sickly novice is cut off in one or...
Seite 290 - Bernini, (the height of which is not less than that of the highest palace in Rome,) with its twisted columns wreathed with olive; the hundred brazen lamps continually burning, and surrounding the tomb of the patron saint, with its gilded bronze gate, enriched to the utmost with various ornaments ; the massive silver lamps; the hangings of crimson...
Seite 265 - The pyramida frame is of use, not only for disposing the moulds in the manner described, but also for guarding against all currents of air which might disturb the process of deposition ; it is not designed, however, to exclude the entrance of air. This manufactory was established by the late Peter Leopold, who so magnificently patronized all the sciences and arts. It is at present under the direction of Signor Pagliari, an artist of great ingenuity, who rcadilj explains and exhibits all the stages...
Seite 60 - In the room containing the prize pictures by modern artists, we saw little to admire, except the mere drawing of the figures, in a sort of cold semiaccurate style. In colouring, they are gaudy, without splendour or richness, and the whole collection seems as if painted by the same hand. In short, they have no originality. The ancient statues seem to be their guide, but they never seize the spirit of them, nor look into the source from which all their perfection is derived. Nature is held as nothing,...
Seite 265 - By an ingenious variation of the process, he is able to form a cast ot differently coloured marbles, so as to present a white figure in relief on a blue or yellow ground, and vice versa. This is done by first forming the cast white as usual, then separating from it all the parts not projecting in relief, and exposing it as before to a second process of deposition, from water previously coloured. The coloured carbonate attaches itself to the white figure, and this forms a ground on the stratum of...

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