The Italian masters and numerous artists who had visited Italy for the purpose, spread the Roman style over various countries of Europe; which was gradually received into favor in place of the pointed Gothic. This fell into disuse; although it has of late years been again cultivated. It requires a building of great magnitude and complexity for a perfect display of its beauties. In America, the pure Grecian style was at first more or less studied; and perhaps the simplicity of its principles would be better adapted to a republican country than the more intricate mediaeval styles; yet these, during the last quarter of a century, have been extensively studied, and now wholly supersede the Grecian styles.