City Views, Italy, Florence, Santa Croce, Baptistery
"The Church of Santa Croce"
"Gates of the Baptistery"
4 separate pages with article "Cradles of Art Florence" about the great art and artists of Florence.
5 wood-engraving images. Published ca 1890.
Original antique print
Page size: 29 x 21 cm (11.4 x 8.2")
Italie Florence Basilique Santa Croce, The Church and Piazza of Santa Croce Basilica, Florence, Italy, Firenze Chiesa di Santa Croce,
The Basilica di Santa Croce (Italian for 'Basilica of the Holy Cross') Franciscan church, Piazza di Santa Croce, Duomo, burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini, Temple of the Italian Glories (Tempio dell'Itale Glorie).
East doors, or Gates of Paradise, by Lorenzo Ghiberti, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Gates of Paradise, Italian Porta del Paradiso, the pair of gilded bronze doors (1425–52) designed by the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti for the north entrance of the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence.
Isaac, Jacob, Esau, (Gates of Paradise) of the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence, Old Testament, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo; Early Renaissance sculpture
Adam and Eve, genesis, temptation,
Cain and Abel, Cain slaying Abel, God expelling Cain
The Drunkenness of Noah, fall of mankind,
Abraham and Isaac, Sacrifice of Isaac, Christ’s final tragedy, Trinity, Sarah’s supper, Eucharist.
Isaac With Esau and Jacob
Joseph Sold Into Slavery
Moses and the Ten Commandments
Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, Israelites
David and Goliath, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, wedding scene in Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
Text on Page:
THE CHURCH OF SANTA CROCE.-
CRADLES OF ART.
O eity in Italy has better right
to be called a cradle of art than
Florence. If Rome preserves
most completely the traditions
which made her the mistress
of the world, if Ravenna in
her ancient churches and her
pine-wood growing on the
harbour which once held the
Roman fleet recalls to the mind
the union between the Eastern
and Western Empires, Florence
is the centre of the new Italian
life, of the spirit which has
given Italy her predominance among the nations
of Europe, and which has made her the place of
pilgrimage for all peoples of the earth. Florence
is pre-eminently the city of towers, domes, and
spires. As we climb one of the gently-sloping
hills which surround the town, and look down
upon its white houses with red-tiled roofs and the
multitudinous villas which, if collected within one
wall, would make another Florence, we see her
towers group in picturesque diversity. We have
abundant choice in our point of view. We may
ascend the hill of Fiesole, the old Etruscan citadel,
still guarded by its Cyclopean walls, the refuge of
the remnant of Catiline's conspirators who formed the
nucleus of the future capital of Tuscany. The most
convenient point of view will be the terrace of the
Villa Mozzi, once the home of the Medici, where the
dining-room still exists which was to have served
the Pazzi as the murdering place of the brothers
Lorenzo and Giuliano. On passing to the other side
of the Arno we may mount the hill of Arcetri, where
Galileo lived and was visited by Milton, where
through "optick glass" the Tuscan artist viewed
the moon and surveyed "rivers, or mountains, in
her spotty globe;" or we may see a different view
from the ilex-shaded gardens of Boboli; or we may
choose an easier task in wandering to the Villa of
Bellosguardo, or the convent of Oliveto where the