This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...St. Nicholas, over a white under-robe, wears a crimson cope, richly brocaded in gold, its orphrey being embroidered with figures of saints. ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...St. Nicholas, over a white under-robe, wears a crimson cope, richly brocaded in gold, its orphrey being embroidered with figures of saints. He holds a crozier in his hand and reads from a book. Partly concealed by his figure, stands St. John the Baptist, bearing a scarlet bound volume on which the Agnus Dei is represented sitting. St. Philip, long bearded, and clad in robes of rich crimson and green, holds a wooden cross. The background is occupied by a semicircular wall of grey colour; above, two angels, standing in clouds, bear a mitre over the head of St. Nicholas. These three life-size figures, which are unfortunately crowded into the picture, are distinguished by a powerful and sculpturesque treatment. The draperies are bold and effective, though somewhat coarse in detail of ornament. The flesh tones are much stippled. The picture bears a forged inscription: --Mdxxx F. Sabast1am (sic) F. PER AOOSTIKO GHIGI. ng The Crucifixion, by Peter der Mares. 16th century. S. II. German School. At the foot of the cross St. Mary Magdalen kneels in a dress of brilliant colours. On the left the swooning Virgin is supported by St. John and one of the holy women. Beyond is another female saint in an attitude of devotion. To the right is a centurion mounted on a white horse. Several other figures are introduced in the composition, and the middle distance is occupied by horsemen. Mountainous background with a gold sky. The position of this picture, hung high over a door,1 prevents careful examination. It is a crowded compo-sition, painted in a low key of colour. There is cha-racter in some of the heads, but the action of the figures is constrained, and the contortions of the crucified thieves are painfully exaggerated. The treatment of the land-scape is better than might b..Read Less
Fair in None jacket. Book Usual library attachments and markings. Textblock is unmarked. End pages and title page is foxed. Blue boards are discoloured and stained. Spine and corners are bumped and fraying. Reinforcement to spine front and back inside.
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