Note 037
From Chapter 55 of the Decline & Fall

Hunc vero triumphum, tam laude quam memoria dignum, ad Meresburgum rex in superiori coenaculo domûs per Ancient Greek Zeus, id est, picturam, notari praecepit, adeo ut rem veram potius quam verisimilem videas: a high encomium (Liutprand, l. ii. c. 9).

Another palace in Germany had been painted with holy subjects by the order of Charlemagne; and Muratori may justly affirm,

nulla saecula fuere in quibus pictores desiderati fuerint (Antiquitat. Ital. Medii Aevi, tom. ii. dissert. xxiv. p. 360, 361).

Our domestic claims to antiquity of ignorance and original imperfection (Mr. Walpole's lively words) are of a much more recent date, (Anecdotes of Painting, vol. i. p. 2, etc.)

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