Historical, Literary, and Artistic Travels in Italy: A Complete and Methodical Guide for Travellers and Artists

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Seite 9 - After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains. The air was temperate, the sky was serene, the silver orb of the moon was reflected from the waters, and all nature was silent.
Seite 176 - Tasso at the entrance, another inside, and the repairs of this pretended prison, in 1812, by the prefect of the department, it is impossible to recognise the real prison of Tasso in the kind of hole that is shown as such. How can any one for a moment suppose that Tasso could live in such a place for seven years and two months, revise his poem there, and compose his different philosophical dialogues in imitation of Plato? I had an opportunity of consulting several well-informed gentlemen of Ferrara...
Seite 9 - I took several turns in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains. The air was temperate, the sky was serene, the silver orb of the moon was reflected from the waters, and all nature was silent. I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and, perhaps, the establishment of my fame.
Seite 178 - Casa di títtercitio has been correctly termed a real domestic museum. " In the little chapel is an admirable picture of two pilgrims praying to the Virgin. The extreme destitution, no less than the fervour of these pilgrims, is painted with great minuteness of detail (even to the patches of the least noble part of their habiliments), without in any way weakening the general effect of this pathetic composition. The ceiling of one room presents a series of horses of various breeds ; there is one superb...
Seite 347 - ... dismayed ? * Near Pisa, a herd of camels is kept, upon a farm belonging to the Grand Duke. The ancestors of these animals were brought thither during the crusades. Some of them are employed in the work of the farm, and others may be met straying about in the pine woods or along the sands of the coast. "These sands, with the sea, the camels, the purity and brightness of the sky, the solitude and silence, give this picture something oriental, novel and poetical, which pleases the fancy, and transports...
Seite 159 - And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed that wast, inhabited of sea-faring men, the renowned city which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it...
Seite 179 - Virgin ; he is consequently to be seen there as a painter, sculptor, and architect, but especially as a Christian. A chapel founded by him bears his name : he bequeathed a legacy for the celebration of mass there, and left a gold chain o'f great value to the image of the Virgin of the Rosary. This pious offering was stolen about the middle of the last century by a custode of the ch. ; a double sacrilege in the town where his memory is still popular and venerated.
Seite 174 - Ariosto is said to have inhabited this house during the latter years of his life, and, when some visitor expressed surprise that one who had described so many palaces had not a finer house for himself, he replied that the palaces he built in verse cost him nothing. After his death nearly all the well-known characteristics of the house, described with so much interest by the poet, were destroyed by its subsequent proprietors.
Seite 88 - What are you about ?' ' I am about my trade (said the smith), and you spoil my tools by throwing them into the street.' Says Dante, ' If you do not wish me to spoil your things, do not spoil mine.
Seite 9 - It was on the day, or rather night, of the 27th of June 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page, in a summer-house in my garden. After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains.

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