Contributions to the Literature of the Fine Arts, Volume 1

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Pagina 223 - The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage Brought my too diligent ear: for several virtues Have I lik'd several women ; never any With so full soul, but some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd, And put it to the foil: But you, O you, So perfect, and so peerless, are created Of every creature's best.
Pagina 55 - He cannot make his hero talk like a great man ; he must make him look like one. For which reason, he ought to be well studied in the analysis of those circumstances which constitute dignity of appearance in real life.
Pagina 54 - A Painter must compensate the natural deficiencies of his art. He has but one sentence to utter, but one moment to exhibit. He cannot, like the poet or historian, expatiate, and impress the mind with great veneration for the character of the hero or saint he represents, though he lets us know, at the same time, that the saint was deformed, or the hero lame.
Pagina 20 - It is necessary to bear these facts in mind in order to understand fully the very important events which transpired in this locality during the last days of September, 1881.
Pagina viii - GENTLEMEN, To discover beauties, or to point out faults, in the works of celebrated masters, and to compare the conduct of one artist with another, is certainly no mean or inconsiderable part of criticism; but this is still no more than to know the art through the artist. This test of investigation must have two capital defects: it must be narrow, and it must be uncertain. To enlarge the boundaries of the art of painting, as well as to fix its principles, it will be necessary that that art and those...
Pagina 120 - They are among the best specimens of that mixed style or union of basso-rilievo with the principles of painting which the sculptors of the fifteenth century and their imitators imagined to be an improvement on the well-considered simplicity of the ancients. In these and similar specimens the unreal forms of perspective buildings and...
Pagina 52 - It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
Pagina 289 - ... inharmonious. It would not, however, be strictly correct to say that such a contrast is too violent ; on the contrary, it appears the contrast is not carried far enough, for though differing in colour, the two hues may be exactly similar in purity and intensity. Complete contrast, on the other hand, supposes dissimilarity in all respects. In addition to the mere difference of hue, the eye, it seems, requires difference in the lightness or darkness of the hue. The spectrum of a colour relieved...
Pagina 248 - I have satisfied all those who have seen the sketches, but I do not satisfy my own judgment, because I am afraid of not satisfying yours. I send them to you. Our Sovereign, in doing me honour, has at the same time laid a heavy burden of responsibility on my shoulders. This is the direction of the building of St. Peter's. I have good hope that I shall not sink under it, the more so as the model which I have made pleases his Holiness, and is praised by many intelligent judges. But I aspire in thought...
Pagina 376 - Though richest hues the peacock's plumes adorn, Yet horror screams from his discordant throat. Rise, sons of harmony, and hail the morn, While warbling larks on russet pinions float.

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