This is a remarkable work by Vitruvius Pollio that was created during the classical period and that influenced greatly the further development of the architecture. A number of outstanding sciences of Renaissance referred in their works to this book. The book includes not only data on architecture but also a great number of digressions from this topic. For example, here it is possible to find the paragraphs about different kinds of contemporary art which are also as valuable as the information about architecture ingenuously. When talking about the architecture itself, the author pays great attention to the construction of siege and defend devices, for instance, catapults and tortoises. The book also contains information about divining water and using building materials.
CLARENCEACT IScene.-The time is any day, now-a-days. A room in the Presidents suite of offices of an impressive financial Institution, on the top floor of the Institution's building in Nassau Street, New York. This is not a business play; but the details follow actuality. There are no maps on the walls, no signs on the doors, no papers on the table, there is no token of business, or of any other form of activity. There is almost nothing in the room, which is in two shades of brown-a "dull-finish" zvood paneling up to seven or eight feet on all four walls, and above that a "dull-finish" plaster. The back wall is broken by a door c, the r. wall has a fireplace c, and a mantel of brown wood, in type with the paneling, with a clock upon it. There is a second door; it is in the r. zvall c.Against the back wall are two high-backed settles, or upholstered benches with backs, one up r. the other up L,, flanking the door c, and another such settle is placed at right angles with the rAbout the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the difficult to read text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
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PREFACE"^HE popular appreciation of Italian sculpture at the present time practically recognises one name alone, that of Michel Angelo; and if a vague consciousness exists of other names behind his, they are for the most part dismissed as "quaint," and of genuine interest only to the curious.Thus Donatello-the "scultore rarissimo e statuario maraviglioso " of Vasari, the object of even Buonarotti's imitation-is to-day generally reckoned as a mere Renaissance forerunner, and by no means as himself one of the Immortals.Even professed students of Art have more or less shared in this inability to recognise his greatness. Cicognara, in his "Storia della Scultura," when concluding his notice of this master, remarks: " But if Donatello had discovered all the possibilities of the Art of Sculpture, what would have been left for Canova to achieve!" Truly, a time which could accept the exaltation of Canova at the expense of Donatello demonstrated the inferiority, not of About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the difficult to read text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
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