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Excerpt from The Chronology of Mediaeval and Renaissance Architecture: A Date Book of Architectural Art, From the Building of the Ancient Basilica of S. Peters, Rome to the Consecration of the Present ChurchThe period which exactly synchronisesMoreExcerpt from The Chronology of Mediaeval and Renaissance Architecture: A Date Book of Architectural Art, From the Building of the Ancient Basilica of S. Peters, Rome to the Consecration of the Present ChurchThe period which exactly synchronises with the architectural history of S. Peters at Rome was a period of the greatest activity the world has ever seen in the art of Architecture. It embraces the whole history of the great Gothic schools, from their rise upon the ruins of Imperial Rome to their submergence beneath that revival of ancient classical forms accomplished by the Renaissance. With the founding of the first Basilica of S. Peter by Constantine begins that introduction of new arrangements into the buildings, necessitated by the altered conditions of worship, which gradually caused the abandonment of classic uses, and led on to the development of the new schools of Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic Architecture- whilst the consecration by Pope Urban the Eighth of the new Basilica, in 1626, marks the close of that brilliant epoch, after which Architecture ceased to be a living, progressive art, and began only to copy forms of other periods and varying schools as the fashion of the period or as the wealth or taste of a patron might dictate.The history of the rise and fall of the Gothic schools has been often described, and nowhere so completely as in the pages of Fergussons Handbook of Architecture- but no writer has yet attempted to present in sequent and chronological order an account of works simultaneously in progress in different countries- hence confusion often arises, through certain styles or phases of styles, being regarded as successive instead of as concurrent.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.