The Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Knight ... Containing His Discourses, Idlers, A Journey to Flanders and Holland, and His Commentary on Du Fresnoy's Art of Painting, 3. köide

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T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798

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Page 277 - Oh lasting as those colours may they shine, Free as thy stroke, yet faultless as thy line ; New graces yearly like thy works display, 65 Soft without weakness, without glaring gay; Led by some rule, that guides, but not constrains ; And finish'd more through happiness than pains.
Page 276 - Bid her be all that cheers or softens life, The tender sister, daughter, friend, and wife : Bid her be all that makes mankind adore; Then view this marble, and be vain no more ! Yet still her charms in breathing paint engage; Her modest cheek shall warm a future age. Beauty, frail flower ! that every season fears, Blooms in thy colours for a thousand years.
Page 193 - ... wonderful skill in Architecture, wherein he has not only surpassed all the moderns, but even the ancients also ; the St. Peter's of Rome, the St. John's of Florence, the Capitol, the Palazzo Farnese, and his own house are sufficient testimonies * of it. His Disciples were, Marcello Venusti, II Rosso, Georgio Vasari, Fra. Bastiano, (who commonly painted for him,) and many other Florentines. Pietro Perugino designed with sufficient knowledge of Nature ; but he is dry, and his manner little. His...
Page 266 - ... and those very short, and left, as in a shadow, to the imagination of the reader. We have the proverb, " Manum de tabula," from the Painters, which signifies to know when to give over, and to lay by the pencil. Both Homer and Virgil practised this precept wonderfully well: but Virgil the better of the two.
Page 232 - I must say this to the advantage of painting, even above tragedy, that what this last represents in the space of many hours, the former shows us in one moment. The action, the passion, and the manners of so many persons as are contained in a picture are to be discerned at once, in the twinkling of an eye...
Page 268 - A work may be over-wrought as well as underwrought : too much labour often takes away the spirit by adding to the polishing, so that there remains nothing but a dull correctness, a piece without any considerable faults, but with few beauties; for when the spirits are drawn off, there is nothing but a caput mortuum.
Page 109 - From the genitories to the upper part of the knee, two faces. The knee contains half a face. From the lower part of the knee to the ankle, two faces. From the ankle to the sole of the foot, half a face. A man when his arms are stretched out is from the longest finger of his right hand to the longest of his left as broad as he is long.
Page 107 - It must be remembered, that the component parts of the most perfect Statue never can excel nature, — that we can form no idea of beauty beyond her works : we can only make this rare assemblage ; an assemblage so rare, that if we .are to give the name of Monster to what is uncommon, we might, in the words of the Duke of Buckingham, call it A faultless Monster which the world ne'er saw.
Page 169 - Though it would be far from an addition to the merit of those two great Painters to have made their works deceptions, yet there can be no reason why they might not, in some degree, and with a judicious caution and selection, have availed themselves of many excellencies which are found in the Venetian, Flemish, and even Dutch Schools, and which have been inculcated in this poem. There are some of them which are not in absolute contradiction to any style : the happy disposition, for instance, of light...
Page 236 - After all, it is a good thing to laugh at any rate ; and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness. Beasts can weep when they suffer, but they cannot laugh. And as Sir William D'Avenant observes in his Preface to " Gondibert," " It is the wisdom of a government to permit plays, (he might have added — farces), as it is the prudence of a carter to put bells upon his horses, to make them carry their burdens cheerfully.

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