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Capitals—convex group
Capitals
Convex group.

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Selection of capitals decorated with foliated, geometric and animal designs. They are described by Ruskin as follows:

At the top of Plate XVIII are two Lombardic capitals; that on the left from Sta. Sofia at Padua, that on the right from the cortile of St. Ambrogio at Milan. They both have the concave angle truncation; but being of date prior to the time when the idea of the concave bell was developed, they are otherwise left square, and decorated with the surface ornament characteristic of the convex school. The relation of the designs to each other is interesting; the cross being prominent in the centre of each, but more richly relieved in that from St. Ambrogio. The two beneath are from the southern portico of St. Mark’s; the shafts having been of different lengths, and neither, in all probability, originally intended for their present place, they have double abaci, of which the uppermost is the cornice running round the whole facade. The zigzagged capital is highly curious, and in its place very effective and beautiful.

This plate combines the use of mezzotint with etching.

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