Architecture in Italy, from the sixth to the eleventh century; historical and critical researches . na circle of mere conjecture. Although I shall have some hard work to satisfy this desire ofmy readers, yet I praise his diffident curiosity, because, in thisspecies of study, proofs are never superfluous. It grieves me,though, not to be able to place before him a long series of thedesired aiualogies, and it torments me not to have been able togo to those countries and make my researches in person ; but letus try for the present to make up for it in other ways. The most conspicuous ornamental ch

Architecture in Italy, from the sixth to the eleventh century; historical and critical researches . na circle of mere conjecture. Although I shall have some hard work to satisfy this desire ofmy readers, yet I praise his diffident curiosity, because, in thisspecies of study, proofs are never superfluous. It grieves me,though, not to be able to place before him a long series of thedesired aiualogies, and it torments me not to have been able togo to those countries and make my researches in person ; but letus try for the present to make up for it in other ways. The most conspicuous ornamental ch Stock Photo
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Architecture in Italy, from the sixth to the eleventh century; historical and critical researches . na circle of mere conjecture. Although I shall have some hard work to satisfy this desire ofmy readers, yet I praise his diffident curiosity, because, in thisspecies of study, proofs are never superfluous. It grieves me, though, not to be able to place before him a long series of thedesired aiualogies, and it torments me not to have been able togo to those countries and make my researches in person ; but letus try for the present to make up for it in other ways. The most conspicuous ornamental characteristic of the worksuf the eighth century is without doubt the knot-work. Well, ifin anterior eiwchs we find examples of this, they exist in the worksof Byzantine artificers. Take, for instance, many capitals andparapets of the churches of the sixth century, principally atBavenna and Bonu (see Figs. 13 and 14). If we pass on to themonuments of the sixth and seventh centuries in Cential ISyria, 88 so well illustratetl by the savcUit Vogiie, we shall without trouble 7 ^. * - ;Xlf ^j;r-. .i^. lijiii 1 i bi. /?J.-::.:M!li:!:;V.:iiil|! * Fig. 22.—Cymatium of a Door at S3rdjilla, Syria—Vlltli Ciiitury. find many varieties of knot-work, and also little seuiicirculararches so interwoven as to make pointed ones, star and also

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