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159v (SM volume 162) S. Giustina, Padua, 3 May 1779


159v (SM volume 162) S. Giustina, Padua, 3 May 1779


Padua Wednesday May 3d / St Giustina - Latin Cross by Longhena (Baldassare Longhena of Venice where he designed the façade of S. Giustina, 1633-8. S. Giustina in Padua was principally the work of Andrea Moroni, from 1532 to 1560) / I am still of the same opinion, the / middle Ayle is too narrow for the side / Ayle - the whole much too long. / Cielg almost plain, Pavemt with / Marble in diamonds, Parallelepipedon (A solid figure contained by six parallelograms, of which every two opposite ones are parallel, OED. Sometimes called a 'falling bricks' pattern) / &c - Pilasters of a most Clumsy / gothic modern Ionic - in the / Convent adj.[acent] A Cortile by Palladio has / some merit - / with rough plan of the church labelled the middle dome / higher than the rest, but all of / them have a curious / effect externally (Soane was incorrect in attributing the cortile to Palladio.)



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