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A Rococo synagogue in brick in a nearby town, and the local railway junction named Krolewszczyzna are in multiplication of the loneliness; and perhaps that long name bears witness to the theory that the Poles of themselves in natural instinct unconsciously added to and increased the difficulties of their own language in order to make their tongue unintelligible to their invaders. As to what lies beyond that through the lakes and firwoods, beyond the marshes, into what was Lithuania, little is know^n and for more than a quarter of a century nothing has been written.

Here in Ragusa the dome of San Giorgio is manipulated with expert hand, but it is Httle in comparison to the invention lavished on the facade which is beautiful indeed by any standard, to be admired from below at the foot of the steps between the palm trees, where it upholds its golden front of fine columns and the stone flourishes at its sides that make a pedestal for statues, and above that up to the smaller, but similar whorls or flourishes below the cupola which surely yields a clue to origins.

Fa Presto' who was a remarkable 'pasticheui and could paint in the style of Ribera or of his master Pietro da Cortona - he has even been mistaken for a not too distant follower of Velazquez - is to be seen in places as unhkely as they are distant from each other. In the Palazzo Riccardi at Florence - under the same roof as the chapel fresco'd by Benozzo Gozzoli - where his ceiling painting of the Medici as Gods of Light a)nong the Deities of Olympus is among the three or four great painted rooms of post-Raphaelite Italy;* but, also, on the ceilings of the Biblioteca Riccardiana, and on the dome of the Corsini chapel in the church of Santo Spirito in that same city.

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