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  1. Ron says:

    “We hâve seen several palaces these days; first the
    Farnese Palace, the most beautiful of all, built by Sangallo and Michel-
    angelo of stones plundered from the Colosseum and the theatre of
    Marcellus. This isolated palace has the form of a perfect square, and it
    stands on a very attractive little piazza. Like the palaces of Florence it is
    also a fortress. Danger lurked everywhere in the streets of Rome in the
    fourteenth century; popes were deposed and massacred like the dey of
    Algiers today; but as an effect of this singular and non-military
    despotism, the history of Rome is far more savage and interesting than
    that of Bologna, Milan or Florence.
    The Farnese Palace, admirable because of Michelangelo’s architec¬
    ture, would be regarded today as horribly gloomy. I quite understand
    how, on the first day, a young Frenchwoman accustomed to our houses
    pierced by a hundred Windows, might hâve the impression of a prison.
    A court closed on four sides is always an absurdity in a palace that is
    not a fortress, and whose master is supposed to be rich enough to buy
    ail the necessary ground, since he aims at magnificence…” (Stendhal)

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