Probably at no interval in England has paintings in its a variety of relatives been so intelligently illustrated and so totally investigated as over the last ten years. the varied exhibitions of artworks, either during this state and at the Continent, have without doubt partially contributed to this end result; and with elevated improvement of flavor there has sprimg up while an earnest wish to examine the rules of historic artwork in its quite a few productions, and to track the various stages during which it has handed prior to it attained its optimum measure of excellence. each division of artwork, either historical and mediaeval, lias discovered its expositor or historian ; and the beginner or scholar who wants to make himself conversant in the portray, sculpture, or pottery of old or media)val instances, can instantaneously be observed capable treatises as a way to provide him with the fullest details on these and kindred matters. yet there's one division of artwork during which the ancients in particular excelled, and of which
they have bequeathed us the main beautiful specimens in their genius and ability, which has been relatively overlooked during this kingdom, or at the very least has no longer got the eye as a result of its significance: I suggest their Engraved gemstones. it will probably with fact be asserted that there are few is still of historical artwork so replete with grace and sweetness because the engraved gem stones of antiquity; and after we think about the $64000 makes use of they've got subserved to the historian, archaeologist, and artist, it kind of feels unaccountable that this important brancli of paintings must have been see you later missed; but it's a incontrovertible fact that there doesn't exist in our language any medical treatise or renowned handbook to which the scholar could be referred who's desirous of coming into upon the research of this such a lot instructive topic. Of this i will be able to converse from adventure, for on myself starting the examine of vintage gemstones numerous years in the past, in the course of a protracted place of dwelling at Eome and Florence, although with abundant possibilities of gaining functional details so far as regards the gem stones themselves, I felt enormously the wish of a few handbook to steer me, now not simply within the first rules and the background of the glyptic paintings (which has been tried, although very sketchily, through Millin), yet of 1 that are supposed to, to a point at the least, serve to protect me opposed to the standard error into which novices fall, and one that may still provide, so far as attainable, that have to procure which essentially, we needs to, as Goethe says, pay many a heavy apprentice-fee. Hitherto, so far as my examining has long past, not anything of the type has been tried in our language, other than within the first-class sequence of essays, entitled ' previous Eings,' which seemed in ' Eraser's journal' through the 12 months 1856 ; and the traditional paintings has remained the ' Pierres Gravees' of Mariette, released greater than a century ahead of. The books named within the checklist of authors given on the finish of this quantity provide indeed
many precious tricks, yet tlioso arc dispersed via voluminous treatises, and are just to be chosen, with revenue to himself, via a reader already to a point conversant with the sensible info of the technological know-how. i've got consequently right here prepare my very own observations, the amassed memoranda of a long time, and the result of the cautious exam of many millions of gemstones of every age and of each sort. those i've got illustrated through passages from historical authors, and via copious extracts from different resources, tending to clarify the concerns herein mentioned. This e-book had in truth its first starting place in a chain of notes jotted down in my pocketbook each time a gem of specific curiosity got here less than my inspection, or every time any passage of the writer I chanced to be analyzing contributed in any respect to the reason of the problems that beset my front upon this examine; in order that it can be defined as a sequence of recommendations of the varied difficulties which the incipient gem-collector has hitherto been obliged to ..
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Antique Gems: Their Origin, Uses, and Value as Interpreters of Ancient History; and as Illustrative of Ancient Art: With Hints to Gem Collectors