A Biographical History of the Fine Arts: Being Memoirs of the Lives and Works of Eminent Painters, Engravers, Sculptors, and Architects. From the Earliest Ages to the Present Time. Alphabetically Arranged, and Condensed from the Best Authorities. Including the Works of Vasari, Lanzi, Kugler, Dr. Waagen, Bryan, Pilkington, Walpole, Sir C. Eastlake, and Mrs. Jameson. With Chronological Tables of Artists and Their Schools, Plates of Monograms, Etc., and Supplement, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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George Gebbie, 1873 - Artists
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Page 779 - ... is chiefly exerted in historical pictures, and the art of the painter of portraits is often lost in the obscurity of his subject. But it is in painting as in life ; what is greatest is .not always best. I should grieve to see Reynolds transfer to heroes and to goddesses, to empty splendour and to airy fiction, that art which is now employed in diffusing friendship, in renewing tenderness, in quickening the affections of the absent, and continuing the presence of the dead.
Page 764 - Well, Sir, Ramsay gave us a splendid dinner. I love Ramsay. You will not find a man in whose conversation there is more instruction, more information, and more elegance, than in Ramsay's.
Page 779 - In full affluence of foreign and domestic fame, admired by the expert in art and by the learned in science, courted by the great, caressed by sovereign powers, and celebrated by distinguished poets, his native humility, modesty, and candour...
Page 779 - His talents of every kind, powerful from nature, and not meanly cultivated by letters ; his social virtues, in all the relations and all the habitudes of life, rendered him the centre of a very great and unparalleled variety of agreeable societies, which will be dissipated by his death. He had too much merit not to excite some jealousy, too much innocence to provoke any enmity. The loss of no man of his time can be felt with more sincere, general, and unmixed sorrow.
Page 818 - The works of Rubens have that peculiar property always attendant on genius, to attract attention, and enforce admiration in spite of all their faults. It is owing to this fascinating power that the performances of those painters with which he is surrounded, though they have perhaps fewer defects, yet appear spiritless, tame, and insipid ; such as the altar-pieces of Grayer, Schut, Seghers, Huysum, Tyssens, Van Balen, and the rest.
Page 818 - ... the same may be said of his young men and children. His old men have that sort of dignity which a bushy beard will confer ; but he never possessed a poetical conception of character. In his representations of the highest characters in the Christian or the fabulous world...
Page 818 - Lorrain finished more minutely, as becomes a Professor in any particular branch, yet there is such an airiness and facility in the landscapes of Rubens, that a painter would as soon wish to be the author of them, as those of Claude, or any other artist whatever.
Page 750 - Having since that period frequently revolved this subject in my mind, I am now clearly of opinion that a relish for the higher excellencies of the art is an acquired taste, which no man ever possessed without long cultivation, and great labour and attention.
Page 898 - Experimental enquiry concerning the natural powers of wind and water to turn mills and other machines depending on a circular motion.
Page 779 - Sir Joshua Reynolds was on very many accounts one of the most memorable men of his time. He was the first Englishman who added the praise of the elegant arts to the other glories of his country. In taste, in grace, in facility, in happy invention, and in the richness and harmony of colouring, he was equal to the great masters of the renowned ages.

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