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Page 34 - Nomentanus?" pergis pugnantia secum frontibus adversis componere. non ego avarum cum veto te fieri, vappam iubeo ac nebulonem. est inter Tanain quiddam socerumque Viselli : 105 est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines, quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.
Page 247 - Otway possessed this part as thoroughly as any of the ancients or moderns. I will not defend every thing in his Venice Preserved; but I must bear this testimony to his memory, that the passions are truly touched in it, though, perhaps there is somewhat to be desired both in the grounds of them, and in the height and elegance of expression ; but nature is there, which is the greatest beauty.
Page 241 - Painter should be conformable to the text of ancient authors, to the custom and the times ;" and this is exactly the same in Poetry : Homer and Virgil are to be our guides in the Epic ; Sophocles and Euripides in Tragedy ; in all things we are to imitate the customs and the times of those persons and things which we represent : not to make new rules of the Drama, as Lopez de Vega has attempted unsuccessfully to do, but to be content to follow our masters, who understood nature better than we.
Page 247 - Painter is not to paint a cloud at the bottom of a picture, but in the uppermost parts ;" nor the Poet to place what is proper to the end or middle in the beginning of a Poem. I might enlarge on this ; but there are few Poets or Painters who can be supposed to sin so grossly against the laws of nature and of art. I remember only one play, and for once I will call it by its name The Slighted...
Page 247 - To express the passions, which are seated on the heart by outward signs," is one great precept of the painters, and very difficult to perform. In Poetry the same passions and motions of the mind are to be expressed; and in this consists the principal difficulty, as well as the excellency of that art.
Page 27 - The tuneful page with speaking picture charm. What to the ear sublimer rapture brings, That strain alone the genuine Poet sings ; That form alone where glows peculiar grace, The genuine Painter condescends to trace : 1 0 No sordid theme will verse or paint admit, Unworthy colours, if unworthy wit.
Page 210 - To paint a fair one, it is necessary for me to see many fair ones ; but because there is so great a scarcity of lovely women, I am constrained to make use of one certain idea, which I have formed to myself in my own fancy.
Page 114 - Ancients have commonly allowed eight heads to their figures, though some of them have but seven ; but we ordinarily divide the figures into ten faces * ; that is to say, from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, in the following manner : " From the crown of the head to the forehead is the third part of a face. " The face begins at the root of the lowest hairs which are upon the forehead, and ends at the bottom of the chin. " The face is divided into three proportionable parts ; the first...
Page 209 - ... beauty, and according to that image in his soul, he directed the operation of his hand. Seneca also seems to wonder that Phidias, having never beheld either Jove or Pallas, yet could conceive their divine images in his mind. Apollonius...
Page 240 - Without invention a Painter is but a copier, and a Poet but a plagiary of others. Both are allowed sometimes to copy and translate; but, as our author tells you, that is not the best part of their reputation. " Imitators are but a servile kind of cattle...