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الصفحة 190 - When a man sees the prodigious pains and expense that our forefathers have been at in these barbarous buildings, one cannot but fancy to himself what miracles of architecture they would have left us, had they been only instructed in the right way...
الصفحة 11 - It was their lovely ways, far more than their monuments of history and art, that made return to the Florentines delightful. I would rather have had a perpetuity of the cameriere's smile, when he came up with our coffee in the morning, than Donatello's San Giorgio, if either were purchasable; and the face of the old chambermaid Maria, full of motherly affection, was better than the face of Santa Maria Novella."— Howells, Tuscan Cities.
الصفحة 112 - Annunziata, when the belfry in the corner, lifted aloft in its tower, showed with its pendulous bells like a great graceful flower against the dome of the church behind it. The quiet in the place was almost sensible ; the pale light, suffused with rose, had a delicate clearness ; there was a little agreeable thrill of cold in the air; there could not have been a more refined moment's pleasure offered to a sympathetic tourist loitering homeward to his hotel.
الصفحة 157 - It was in the clearness that follows the twilight when, after the sudden descent of a vaulted passage, I stood in the piazza, and saw the Tower of the Mangia leap like a rocket into the starlit air. After all, that does not say it : you must suppose a perfect silence, through which this exquisite shaft forever soars. When once you have seen the Mangia, all other towers, obelisks, and columns are tame and vulgar and earth-rooted ; that seems to quit the ground, to be not a monument but a flight.
الصفحة 65 - ... that gay, accomplished, wise, and erudite statesman, who knew what men were so much better? There is nothing of Savonarola now but the memory of his purpose, nothing of Lorenzo but the memory of his: and now we see far more clearly than it that the frate had founded his free state upon the ruins of magnifico's tyranny; that the one willed only good to others, and the other willed it only to himself.
الصفحة 190 - ... that nothing in the world can make a prettier show to those who prefer false beauties, and affected ornaments, to a noble and majestic simplicity.
الصفحة 77 - Serried ranks of seraphs, peacock-plumed, and kneeling in prayer ; garlands of roses everywhere ; contemporary Florentines on horseback, riding in the train of the three Magi kings under the low boughs of trees ; and birds fluttering through the dim, mellow atmosphere; the whole dense and close in an opulent yet delicate fancifulness of design.
الصفحة 190 - ... present, and the riches of the people much more at the disposal of the priests, there was so much money consumed on these Gothic cathedrals as would have finished a greater variety of noble buildiugs than have been raised either before or since that time.
الصفحة 34 - I say truly that the spirit of life which dwelleth in the most secret chamber of the heart began to tremble with such violence that it appeared fearfully in the least pulses, and trembling said these words : Ecce deus fortior me, qui veniens dominabitur mihi.