Hill Towns of Italy

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Houghton Mifflin, 1903 - 398 halaman
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Halaman 85 - 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 That gird the gulf around, in pitiless horror set...
Halaman 56 - With what pride must an Etruscan have regarded this scene two thousand five hundred years since. The numerous cities in the plain were so many trophies of the power and civilization of his nation. There stood Volsinii, renowned for her wealth and arts, on the shores of her...
Halaman 56 - Volaterrae, and other cities of the great Etruscan Confederation. How changed is now the scene ! Save Tuscania, which still retains her site, all within view are now desolate. /Tarquinii has left scarce a vestige of her greatness on the grass-grown heights she once occupied ; the very site of Volsinii is forgotten ; silence has long reigned in the crumbling theatre of Ferentum ; the plough yearly furrows the bosom of Vulci ; the fox, the owl, and the bat, are the sole tenants of the vaults within...
Halaman 219 - It is circular, about twenty-three inches in diameter, hollow like a bowl, but from the centre rises a sort of conical chimney or tube, to which must have been attached a chain for its suspension. Round the rim are sixteen lamps, of classic form, fed by oil from the great bowl, and adorned with elegant foliage in relief. Alternating with them are heads of the horned and bearded Bacchus.
Halaman 57 - Tuscania, which still retains her site, all within view are now desolate. Tarquinii has left scarce a vestige of her greatness on the grass-grown heights she once occupied; the very site of Volsinii is forgotten ; silence has long reigned in the crumbling theatre of Ferentum ; the plough yearly furrows the bosom of Vulci ; the fox, the owl, and the bat, are the sole tenants of the vaults within the ruined walk of Casa ; and of the rest, the greater part have neither building, habitant, nor name —...
Halaman 4 - The lines of their palaces are their dress ; the glowing tones of the old masters are the color of their existence. I have tried to avoid profuseness and technicality, and to mention simply enough of the artistic history of a place to put the reader en rapport with its life and appearance ; and just enough of the characteristics of the chief painters and their works in the hill towns to show the difference between the Umbrian, Sienese, and Florentine schools, and to indicate the distinctive traits...
Halaman 387 - Urbino is for one to wander through its precipitous streets, climbing and descending their worn brick steps, watching the people living their outdoor life upon them, catching every moment new picturesque vistas of weather-stained crumbling facades and brown roofs falling into the valley and piling upon the peaks
Halaman 180 - ... an ancient gateway in the city wall, upon which are cut the words "Colonia Vibia Augusta Perusia." Here one may see Roman work on Etruscan foundations, and upon the Roman, Renaissance — an impressive, yet picturesque, structure standing a witness to the several periods of Perugian history. "No other Roman gate can equal it; it reminds one of the Colosseum and the Pont du Gard — so mighty is it.
Halaman 175 - Italy is more eloquent and suggestive of the past, — the dreadful yet beautiful mediaeval past, when life was so strong and fierce, and passions blazed so suddenly to the bad and to the good, when men fought their neighbors one day, and the next labored unpaid on their Palazzo.
Halaman 330 - C, 4), founded in 1322, at the corner of the piazza, contains fine frescoes of the 15th century. On the entrance-wall is a fresco representing Christ at table with Mary Magdalen, by Spinello Aretino. The wheel -window, by Quillaume de Marseille (c.

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