The Theory of the Arts (1)

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 264 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1869. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... effect aimed at. It is not necessary to include all; but it is requisite that a certain number should be combined in every effective artistical design. It must be acknowledged, moreover, that in certain cases of this kind, as in analogous instances of classification in nature, there may occasionally be considerable difficulty, and a question may fairly arise, whether a particular element may not claim to belong as much to the picturesque as to delineation, or to deHneation as to the picturesque. Sometimes, indeed, it cannot be denied that to a greater or less extent it is auxiliary to both. I have, however, done my best to classify correctly these several elements, and must leave it to the candour of the critics to condemn what I have done; or, what is more important, to correct me where I am in error. Certain other elements of a delineative nature might also be specified; but which, as they only relate to particular branches of art exclusively, are not strictly admissible here. Such are light and shade, and colour and perspective (incidentally touched upon in subsequent parts of this chapter) * in painting; metre in poetry, punctuation in eloquence, and other principles of this order, which are each applicable only to their own proper and particular art; and which, moreover, belong rather to the mechanical and manual, than to the mental branch of the subject. V. The following may be considered to comprehend the several elements of delineation alluded to, and which are here treated of seriatim: --1. Correctness. 2. Perspicuity. 3. Fitness. 4. Consistency. 5. Contrast. 6. Energy. (1.) Art being but the transcript of ideas typical of certain objects or sounds in nature, it follows that a strict and correct representation of these subjects must constitute t..

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George Harris is Chancellor Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary. He is the author of Dignity and Vulnerability and Agent-Centered Morality, and has contributed to The Journal of Philosophy, Nous, The Monst, American Philosophy Quarterly, Public Affairs Quarterly and other journals. He is a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a member of Who's Who in Humanities in Higher Education, and a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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