Engravings by Piranesi - piranesi004
Engravings by Piranesi
“When we reached the door, and stood fairly ^vithin
the church, it was impossible to comprehend that it was a very large building. I had to cipher a comprehension of it. I had to ransack my memory for some more similes. St Peter’s is bulk}’-. Its height and size would represent two of the Washington capitol set one on top of the other — if the capitol were wider; or two blocks or two blocks and a half of ordinary buildings set one on top of the other. St Peter’s was that large, but it could and would not look so. The trouble was that every tiling in it and about it was on such a scale of uniform vastness that there were no contrasts to’ judge by — none but the people, and I had not noticed them. They were insects…”
7 May 2022 — 10:11
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