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any funds for the work of ruin ferred materialism to the beautiare available. is truly sad to ful. But much joy was felt by think that in a very brief space of the few who find happiness in time this interesting district will things of beauty and graceful assobe replaced by a large square, with ciations; for these had been sadprobably a statue of Garibaldi ordened at the thought of the Arno Cavour in the centre. The Ghetto, flowing through streets of uninteror Jews' quarter, containing a great esting modern buildings, and the number of architectural gems, and many slopes of Fiesole covered picturesque points of view such as with suburban villas. The change artists love to paint and Ruskin was indeed welcome to such who to describe, has been closed 'long love Florence, as Florence only can since, preparatory to its destruc- be loved by those who have long tion. Here the very progress of dwelt within view and beneath the decay may be watched; for now, shadow of the Duomo. uncared for, the storm can beat The traveller who has time to into the deserted dwellings, and make himself acquainted with Florpartially anticipate the hand of ence, and now moves on to Rome, the destroyer. It is even doubt- will rejoice that the nominis umful whether a great portion of the bra has spared the beautiful city, Via Calsaioli will be spared—a when he sees the degradation to street where Donatello and Michel- which Rome is subjected. Happy ozzi laboured for the love of art those who visited Rome before it and the rivalry in beautiful work- was Haussmannised, and miles of manship. If all these outward edifices of hideous monotony reand visible signs of the illustri- placed the ruins of the Empire, and ous past are to be removed, it peopled the once classic solitudes ! will be a great price to pay even No longer can the student “with for a freer and grander view of beating heart roam o'er the hauntthe Duomo and the noble sister ed ground," picturing the glorious edifices.

past. With the temporal power As Florence was not destined to the home of our youth has been be the permanent capital of the swept away: no more shall the new Italy, it is greatly to be regretted that for a short time it “Orphans of the earth now turn to thee,

Lone mother of dead empires." was so considered; for the Florentine imagination expanded, and Where the widowed mother sat with it all the plans for the crea- is a vast metropolis, which in all tion of a city worthy of such a probability will extend in time to grand future. The owners of land the very foot of the Alban hills. indulged in the most extravagant So, on the whole, all classes except expectations. Florence was to be the speculators may be satisfied known, not as the City of the that Florence has been left alone; Lily, but the City of the World. and we must only hope that the During the brief period of its pride, restorers will move with caution. large fortunes were realised ; half Let them take warning from the the old city walls were levelled, to severe judgment which has been afford room for the new capital. passed on the restoration of the So when the royal migration to palace of the Doges and the BasRome was an accomplished fact, ilica of San Marco at Venice. The there was much grief among the facciata of the Duomo is undespeculators and those who pre- niably so admirable a work that

every confidence can be placed in all times be touched with a loving the Florentine taste. It is very hand. An architect who is a mere gratifying to know that a most dis- builder too frequently is a failure. tinguished Englishman, Mr Temple A restorer must not only be exLeader, who many years since perienced in his craft, but full of occupied a conspicuous position in poetic sentiment—if not an artist, the House of Commons, and who at least rich in artistic feeling. possesses a thorough knowledge of Let it be remembered that Time, classic art and the keenest appre- the destroyer, frequently invests ciation of the beautiful, is a pro- objects with an additional beauty minent member of the Improve- and charm: incongruities which ment as he was of the Facciata architects denounce may be prized Committee. The principle, al- by the painter and the poet; reguready mentioned, laid down by lar features are not always those these gentlemen, that where there which touch the heart. May the is a work of genius or any edifice restorers of Florence proceed with remarkable and picturesque it care. As yet they have done little should be preserved, is admirable; to arouse adverse criticism, and but then this very question of much to win universal admiration. preservation requires grave consi- Let them continue their labour in deration and excellent judgment. the same spirit of love and rever• Many a picture has been injured ence, and Florence will ever reby the process of cleaning, and in main worthy of the name of The giving solidity to a fabric its char- Beautiful. acter often suffers; so all buildings

LAMINGTON. associated with the past should at

any funds for the work of ruin ferred materialism to the beautiare available. It is truly sad to ful. But much joy was felt by think that in a very brief space of the few who find happiness in time this interesting district will things of beauty and graceful assobe replaced by a large square, with ciations ; for these had been sadprobably a statue of Garibaldi ordened at the thought of the Arno Cavour in the centre. The Ghetto, flowing through streets of uninteror Jews' quarter, containing a greatesting modern buildings, and the number of architectural gems, and many slopes of Fiesole covered picturesque points of view such as with suburban villas. The change artists love to paint and Ruskin was indeed welcome to such who to describe, has been closed long love Florence, as Florence only can since, preparatory to its destruc- be loved by those who have long tion. Here the very progress of dwelt within view and beneath the decay may be watched; for now, shadow of the Duomo. uncared for, the storm can beat The traveller who has time to into the deserted dwellings, and make himself acquainted with Florpartially anticipate the hand of ence, and now moves on to Rome, the destroyer. It is even doubt- will rejoice that the nominis umful whether a great portion of the bra has spared the beautiful city, Via Calsaioli will be spared—a when he sees the degradation to street where Donatello and Michel- which Rome is subjected. Happy ozzi laboured for the love of art those who visited Rome before it and the rivalry in beautiful work- was Haussmannised, and miles of manship. If all these outward edifices of hideous monotony reand visible signs of the illustri- placed the ruins of the Empire, and ous past are to be removed, it peopled the once classic solitudes ! will be a great price to pay even No longer can the student “with for a freer and grander view of beating heart roam o'er the hauntthe Duomo and the noble sister ed ground," picturing the glorious edifices.

past. With the temporal power As Florence was not destined to the home of our youth has been be the permanent capital of the swept away: no more shall the new Italy, it is greatly to be regretted that for a short time it Orphans of the earth now turn to thee,

Lone mother of dead empires.” was so considered; for the Florentine imagination expanded, and Where the widowed mother sat with it all the plans for the crea- is a vast metropolis, which in all tion of a city worthy of such a probability will extend in time to grand future. The owners of land the very foot of the Alban hills. indulged in the most extravagant So, on the whole, all classes except expectations. Florence was to be the speculators may be satisfied known, not as the City of the that Florence has been left alone; Lily, but the City of the World. and we must only hope that the During the brief period of its pride, restorers will move with caution. large fortunes were realised; half Let them take warning from the the old city walls were levelled, to severe judgment which has been afford room for the new capital. passed on the restoration of the So when the royal migration to palace of the Doges and the BasRome was an accomplished fact, ilica of San Marco at Venice. The there was much grief among the facciata of the Duomo is undespeculators and those who pre- niably so admirable a work that every confidence can be placed in all times be touched with a loving the Florentine taste. It is very hand. An architect who is a mere gratifying to know that a most dis- builder too frequently is a failure. tinguished Englishman, Mr Temple A restorer must not only be exLeader, who many years since perienced in his craft, but full of occupied a conspicuous position in poetic sentiment–if not an artist, the House of Commons, and who at least rich in artistic feeling. possesses a thorough knowledge of Let it be remembered that Time, classic art and the keenest appre- the destroyer, frequently invests ciation of the beautiful, is a pro- objects with an additional beauty minent member of the Improve- and charm: incongruities which ment as he was of the Facciata architects denounce may be prized Committee. The principle, al- by the painter and the poet; reguready mentioned, laid down by lar features are not always those these gentlemen, that where there which touch the heart. May the is a work of genius or any edifice restorers of Florence proceed with remarkable and picturesque it care. As yet they have done little should be preserved, is admirable ; to arouse adverse criticism, and but then this very question of much to win universal admiration. preservation requires grave consi- Let them continue their labour in deration and excellent judgment. the same spirit of love and rever· Many a picture has been injured ence, and Florence will ever reby the process of cleaning, and in main worthy of the name of The giving solidity to a fabric its char- Beautiful. acter often suffers; so all buildings

LAMINGTON. associated with the past should at

any funds for the work of ruin ferred materialism to the beautiare available. It is truly sad to ful. But much joy was felt by think that in a very brief space of the few who find happiness in time this interesting district will things of beauty and graceful assobe replaced by a large square, with ciations ; for these had been sadprobably a statue of Garibaldi ordened at the thought of the Arno Cavour in the centre. The Ghetto, flowing through streets of uninteror Jews' quarter, containing a great esting modern buildings, and the number of architectural gems, and many slopes of Fiesole covered picturesque points of view such as with suburban villas. The change artists love to paint and Ruskin was indeed welcome to such who to describe, has been closed 'long love Florence, as Florence only can since, preparatory to its destruc- be loved by those who have long tion. Here the very progress of dwelt within view and beneath the decay may be watched; for now, shadow of the Duomo. uncared for, the storm can beat The traveller who has time to into the deserted dwellings, and make himself acquainted with Florpartially anticipate the hand of ence, and now moves on to Rome, the destroyer. It is even doubt- will rejoice that the nominis umful whether a great portion of the bra has spared the beautiful city, Via Calsaioli will be spared—a when he sees the degradation to street where Donatello and Michel- which Rome is subjected. Happy ozzi laboured for the love of art those who visited Rome before it and the rivalry in beautiful work- was Haussmannised, and miles of manship. If all these outward edifices of hideous monotony reand visible signs of the illustri- placed the ruins of the Empire, and ous past are to be removed, it peopled the once classic solitudes ! will be a great price to pay even No longer can the student “with for a freer and grander view of beating heart roam o'er the hauntthe Duomo and the noble sister ed ground," picturing the glorious edifices.

past.

With the temporal power As Florence was not destined to the home of our youth has been be the permanent capital of the swept away: no more shall the new Italy, it is greatly to be regretted that for a short time it

“ Orphans of the earth now turn to thee,

Lone mother of dead empires." was so considered; for the Florentine imagination expanded, and Where the widowed mother sat with it all the plans for the crea- is a vast metropolis, which in all tion of a city worthy of such a probability will extend in time to grand future. The owners of land the very foot of the Alban hills. indulged in the most extravagant So, on the whole, all classes except expectations. Florence was to be the speculators may be satisfied known, not as the City of the that Florence has been left alone; Lily, but the City of the World. and we must only hope that the During the brief period of its pride, restorers will move with caution. large fortunes were realised ; half Let them take warning from the the old city walls were levelled, to severe judgment which has been afford room for the new capital. passed on the restoration of the So when the royal migration to palace of the Doges and the BasRome was an accomplished fact, ilica of San Marco at Venice. The there was much grief among the facciata of the Duomo is undespeculators and those who pre- niably so admirable a work that

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