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Ruskin; As Art Critic And Moralist, With Some Personal Reminiscences
I AM to speak of Ruskin both as an art critic and a moral teacher, but I shall interweaveone or two reminiscences which are now, alas! among the distant proeterita. I shall deal with general characteristics rather than details, and try and give you a few photographs of character.
The Pre-raphaelite Brotherhood, Especially Dante Gabriel Rossetti, With Reminiscences.
It is comparatively easy for anyone now to trace the rise and development of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of England. There are scores of books, and articles in magazines, devoted to it. Only three members of the original group survive - the veteran painter, Holman Hunt, and William Rossetti, the brother of the artist-poet, being the most important.
The Journal Of The Pre-raphaelite Brotherhood
In this Journal, kept by its literary member, William Michael Rossetti, from 1849 to 1853, and edited by him in 1900, we have the most authentic record, although not the most graphic picture, of the work the Pre-Raphaelites did.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
ONLY once had I a long conversation with Rossetti, but it was significant in many ways. I had spent a part of the fourth of May in the year, 1871, with Thomas Carlyle in Cheyne Row, when he talked much of Ruskin and Pre-Raphaelites; and I went down afterwards to No. 16 Cheyne Walk, to see Rossetti, an illustrious member of the group.
Holman Hunt
OF Holman Hunt, Ruskin says in his Art of England, when comparing him with Dante Gabriel Rossetti: In all living schools it chances often that the disciple is greater than his master; and it is always the first sign of a dominant and splendid intellect, that it knows of whom to learn.
George Frederick Watts
SINCE Ruskin died, no personality so rare as that of George Frederick Watts has left us. In the following pages reminiscences of his conversation are inwoven with an estimateof the artist and the man. In conversation he often enlarged on the teaching functions of Art, and on all the great artists — from Phidias to Michael Angelo, from Giotto to Raphael — as teachers of their time.
Edward Burne-jones
THE recently published Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones, by his widow, if not an epoch-making biography, is certainly a monumental one. It is conspicuous in many ways,amongst the lives of nineteenth-century artists in England; and is unique as the work of a woman-writer, the wife of the remarkable man whom it memorialises.
Paris - The English Gates Of Paris
MOST travellers from London enter Paris in the evening, and I think they are wise. I wish it were possible again and again to enter Paris in the evening for the first time ; but since it is not, let me hasten to say that the pleasure of re-entering Paris in the evening is one that custom has almost no power to stale.
Paris - The Ile De La Cité
WHERE to begin ? That is a problem in the writing of every book, but peculiarly so with Paris; because, however one may try to be chronological, the city is such a blend of old and new that that design is frustrated at every turn.
Paris - Notre Dame
IF the Ile de la Cité is the eye of Paris, then, to adapt one of Oliver Wendell Holmes' metaphors, Notre Dame is its pupil. It stands on ground that has been holy, or at least religious, for many centuries, for part of its site was once occupied by the original mother church of Paris, St. Etienne.
Paris - St. Louis And His Island
ON the way from Notre Dame to the Ile of St. Louis we pass a small official-looking building at the extreme east end of the Ile de la Cité. It is the Morgue. But the Morgue is now closed to idle gazers, and you win your way to a sight of that melancholy slab with the weary bodies on it and the little jet of water playing on each, only by the extreme course of having missed a relation whom you suspected of designs upon his own life or whom you imagine has been the victim of foul play.
Paris - The Marais
THE Marais is that district of old streets and palaces which is bounded on the south by the Rue St. Antoine, on the east by the Rue du Turenne, on the west by the Rue du Temple, and fades away in the north somewhere below the Rue de Bretagne. The Rue des Francs Bourgeois is its central highway east and west.
Paris - The Louvre - The Old Masters
IT is on the first landing of the Escalier Daru, at the end of the Galerie Denon, that one of the most priceless treasures of the Louvre - one of the most splendid things in the world - is to be found: it has been before us all the way along the Galerie Denon, that avenue of noble bronzes, the first thing that caught the eye: I mean the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
Paris - The Louvre: Modern Pictures And Other Treasures
The necessity of Seeing the Louvre every day - Historical Associations - Petty Restitutions. FRENCH pictures early and late now await us. On our way down the Grand Galerie we passed on the right two entrances to other rooms. Taking that one which is nearer the British School, we find ourselves in Salle IX., leading to Salle X. and so on to Galerie XVI., which completes the series.
Paris - The Tuileries
HAD we turned our back only thirty-eight years ago on Frémiet's statue of Joan of Arc (which was not there then) in the Place de Rivoli, and walked down what is now the Rue de Tuileries towards the Seine, we should have had on our left hand a beautiful and imposing building - the Palace of the Tuileries, which united the two wings of the Louvre that now terminate in the Pavillon de Marsan just by the Place de Rivoli and the Pavillon de Flore on the Quai des Tuileries.
Paris - The Place De La Concorde - The Champs-Elysées And The Invalides
THE Place de la Concorde by day is vast rather than beautiful, and by night it is a congress of lamps. By both it is dangerous and in bad weather as exposed as the open sea. But it is sacred ground and Paris is unthinkable without it. The interest of the Place is summed up in the Luxor column, which may perhaps be said to mark what is perhaps the most critical site in modern history; for where the obelisk now stands stood not so very long ago the guillotine.
Paris - The Boulevard St. Germain And Its Tributaries
FROM the Invalides the Boulevard St. Germain, the west to east highway of the Surrey side of Paris, is easily gained ; but it is not in itself very interesting. The interesting streets either cross it or run more or less parallel with it, such as the old and winding Rue de Grenelle, which we come to at once, the home of the Parisian aristocracy after its removal from the Marais.
Paris - The Latin Quarter
THE high road from the centre of Paris to the Latin Quarter is across the Pont du Carrousel and up the narrow Rue Mazarin, which skirts the Institut; and the Rue Mazarin we may now take if only for its old print shops, not the least interesting department of which is the portfolios containing students' sketches, some of them very good. (I might equally have said some of them very bad.)
Paris - The Pantheon And St. Genevieve
THE Panthéon, like the Madeleine, has had its vicissitudes. The new Madeleine, as we shall see, was begun by Napoleon as a splendid Temple of military glory and became a church; the new Panthéon was begun by Louis XV. as a splendid cathedral.
Paris - Two Zoos
ON the day of one of my visits to the Jardin des Plantes. I lunched at the Tour d'Argent, a restaurant on the Quai de la Tournelle, famous among many dishes for its delicious canard à la presse. No bird on this occasion passed through that luxurious mill for me: but the engines were at work all around distilling essential duck with which to enrich those slices from the breast that are all that the epicure eats.
Paris - The Grands Boulevards - The Madeleine To The Opera
THE Madeleine has had a curious history. The great Napoleon built it, on the site of a small eighteenth-century church, as a Temple of Glory, a gift to his soldiers, where every year on the anniversaries of Austerlitz and Jena a concert was to be held, odes read, and orations delivered on the duties and privileges of the warrior, any mention of the Emperor's own name being expressly forbidden.
Paris - A Chair At The Café De La Paix
AND now since it is the green hour - since it is five o'clock - let us take a chair outside the Café de la Paix and watch the people pass, and meditate, here, in the centre of the civilised world, on this wonderful city of Paris and this wonderful country of France.
Paris - The Grands Boulevards - The Opera To The Place De La République
FROM the Place de l'Opéra to the Place de la Ré-publique is an interesting and instructive walk, but at no time of the day a very easy one; and between five o'clock and half-past six, and eight and ten, on the north pavement, it is always almost a struggle; but when the baraques are in full swing around Christmas and the New Year, it is a struggle in earnest, at any rate as far as the Rue Drouot.
Paris - Montmartre
ONE may gain Montmartre by every street that runs off the Grands Boulevards on the left, between the Opéra and the Place de la République; but when the night falls and the tide begins to turn that way, it is the Rue Blanche and the Rue Pigalle that do most of the work.
Paris - The Elysee To The Hotel De Ville
THE Elysée, the official home of the French president - Paris's White House and Buckingham Palace - is situated in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, which is one of the most entertaining streets in the whole city in which to loiter; that is, if you like, as I do, the windows of curiosity dealers and jewellers and print shops.
Paris - The Place Des Vosges And Hugo's House
WERE we to walk a little farther along the busy Rue St. Antoine towards the Place de la Bastille, we should come, on the left, a few yards past the church of St. Louis, to the Rue de Birague, at the head of which is the beautiful red gateway of which Mr. Dexter has made such a charming picture. This is the southern gateway of the Place des Vosges, a spacious green square.
Paris - The Bastille, Père Lachaise And The End
THE Place des Vosges is close to the Place de la Bastille, which lies to the east of it along the Rue St. Antoine. The prison has gone for ever, but one is assisted by a thoughtful municipality to reconstruct it, a task of no difficulty at all if one remembers with any vividness the models in the Carnavalet or the Archives, or buys a pictorial postcard at any neighbouring shop.
Paris - The Beautiful
PARIS, the Beautiful, has for every visitor and sojourner an indescribable fascination that eludes comparison with the special charm of every other city. Even when the pale gold of the winter sunshine is falling over the Jardin du Tuileries and the Champs Élysées.
Paris - The Champs Elysees Region
THE Avenue of the Champs Élysées, — that magnificent thoroughfare beginning at the Place de la Concorde, and extending to the Arc de l'Étoile, — almost illustrates the poet's ideal of a highway of glass and of gold.
Paris - The Louvre And The Luxembourg
THAT splendid palace of art galleries, the Louvre, offers to the visitor an excursion of two hours merely to walk through it, and, with the exception of Mondays and certain holidays, it is open and free to the public throughout the entire year. The conditions on which artists may copy from the great works here are very liberal, and the opportunity for study is an art education in itself.
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