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42v (SM volume 39)


42v (SM volume 39)


possessing themselves of that City, with other rich / spoils, took these horses / Mosaic - works composed of little inlaid / pieces, stone, wood, ivory, enamel, or any other / natural or artificial matter. It came originally / from Greece & has been used in Italy near / 2000 Years, Vitruvius calls it opus sectile, / pavimenta sectilia, opera musea & musiva / St Peters, its front deserves to be noticed / for its beautiful simplicity. / S. George Major (San Giorgio Maggiore) in the isle of Guideca (Giudecca) / the handsomest Church in Venice - an admirable / front by Palladio. - see the Epitaph / The rules of Perspective are seldom well / observ'd in the Antique Basso relievo's. / The Redemtore - St Francis de la Vigna / & St Lucia - Churches by PalladioSan Giorgio Maggiore, the Redentore and Santa Lucia are by Palladio - this last demolished in 1860; San Francesco della Vigna is by Sansovino.



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