Architecture in Italy, from the sixth to the eleventh century; historical and critical researches . d over alltwo serpents ; a com-position full of attrac-tion because it is one ofthe first essays of thosebizarre yet obscure re-presentations of ani-mal s, which theByzantines loved torepeat so often in thefollowing centuries,and which reachedtheir apogee with thebalustrades and decorative forms of the tenth and eleventhcenturies that we shall see in Venice. MoDENA.—Important remains of ambos and parapets of thestyle of the eighth century are preserved in a courtyard nearthe cathedral of Modena.

Architecture in Italy, from the sixth to the eleventh century; historical and critical researches . d over alltwo serpents ; a com-position full of attrac-tion because it is one ofthe first essays of thosebizarre yet obscure re-presentations of ani-mal s, which theByzantines loved torepeat so often in thefollowing centuries,and which reachedtheir apogee with thebalustrades and decorative forms of the tenth and eleventhcenturies that we shall see in Venice. MoDENA.—Important remains of ambos and parapets of thestyle of the eighth century are preserved in a courtyard nearthe cathedral of Modena. Stock Photo
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Architecture in Italy, from the sixth to the eleventh century; historical and critical researches . d over alltwo serpents ; a com-position full of attrac-tion because it is one ofthe first essays of thosebizarre yet obscure re-presentations of ani-mal s, which theByzantines loved torepeat so often in thefollowing centuries, and which reachedtheir apogee with thebalustrades and decorative forms of the tenth and eleventhcenturies that we shall see in Venice. MoDENA.—Important remains of ambos and parapets of thestyle of the eighth century are preserved in a courtyard nearthe cathedral of Modena. Fleury, as usual, held them tobe works of the ninth century, but the Greek chisel of theeighth is shown in their smallest details. The curvilinearamljo-parapets are, like their synchronical brothers, cornicedand divided by bands into four regular compartments. Inone of the sides the cross, formed in the centre, is adornedby goodly circles of leaves, and the border by simple braids.The squares are occupied either by palms with Avild acan-thus-leaves or by groups of branches. Similar ornaments. Fig. 52.—Parapet in the Court of the University ofFerrara—Vllltli Century. 133 must pvobaldy liave embcllisliod tlie so[uarcs ol tlio other nniLo-parapet, framed instead by cordings and complicated braidings. Of a third parapet, which perhaps belonged to the amboat which the epistle was Iecited, there remains a fragment withbraidings, palms, and legs, perhaps of a peacock. Bands rich in braids and inscriptions, or tine foliage likethose of S. Maria-in-Valle at Cividale, may be seen also amongparapets more or less broken up, but noticeable for the noveltyand sometimes for the elegance of their decorations. Theyare arcades of braidings alternated witli sticks Iteai-ing lilies, and tilled up by palms, roses, and roughly-orked birds, greatbraided and corded circles enclosing a cross richly beaded, andlittle arches placed one over another like scales. The lattermay be compared to certai

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