A stained glass tour in Italy
|Author(s):||Charles Hitchock Sherrill|
|Publisher:||London: John Lane; New York: The John Lane Company|
|Publish date:||Jan 1, 1913|
|Number of pages:||263|
DO you love a glowing sunset ? Of course you do — ^and why ? Is it not because the charm that reaches out to you from its mass of colour is shot through with light ? That same charm, produced by the same blending of light with colour, lies imprisoned in windows of stained glass, and best in those which have come down to us from the Middle Ages, mellowed by the centuries through which their rich beauty has been preserved. If you will come with us to see the old windows of Italy we will take you up and down the land, and to most of the famous cities of that historical peninsula. You shall visit impregnable hill-towns, great cities built upon the plain, Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, and Rome, the Immortal. We shall often wander from the beaten track, indeed we shall deliberately seek to withdraw ourselves as much as we may into the far-away Middle Ages, hoping thus to obtain a living sense ofthe time and the surroundings of the men who made these wonderful windows. We shall con- sort with statesmen, monks, warriors, jurists, despots, diplomats, artists — all sorts and conditions of mediaeval manhood. The Italy that we shall see will not be the Italy of most tourists, for our vision of it will be softened and warmed by the many hues of its glorious glass.