The History of American Sculpture (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, 1903 - Sculpture - 544 pages
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Page 292 - Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Page 17 - THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA HAVE CAUSED THIS STATUE TO BE ERECTED AS A MONUMENT OF AFFECTION AND GRATITUDE TO GEORGE WASHINGTON ; WHO, UNITING TO THE ENDOWMENTS OF THE HERO THE VIRTUES OF THE PATRIOT, AND EXERTING BOTH IN ESTABLISHING THE LIBERTIES OF HIS COUNTRY, HAS RENDERED HIS NAME DEAR TO HIS FELLOW CITIZENS, AND GIVEN THE WORLD AN IMMORTAL EXAMPLE OF TRUE GLORY.
Page 339 - I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country...
Page 52 - Greenough's Washington as one of the greatest works of sculpture of modern times. I do not know the work which can justly be preferred to it, whether we consider the purity of the taste, the loftiness of the conception, the truth of the character, or, •what we must own we feel less able to judge of, accuracy of anatomical study and mechanical skill.
Page 62 - ... passionless perfection which he lent her, Shadowed, not darkened, where the sill expands) To so confront man's crimes in different lands With man's ideal sense. Pierce to the centre, Art's fiery finger ! and break up ere long The serfdom of this world ! appeal, fair stone, From God's pure heights of beauty against man's wrong ! Catch up in thy divine face, not alone East griefs, but west, and strike and shame the strong, By thunders of white silence overthrown.
Page 206 - ... broadcloth, into the sidepockets of which her hands were thrust as she came forward to greet us. She withdrew one hand, however, and presented it cordially to my wife (whom she already knew) and to myself, without waiting for an introduction. She had on a shirt-front, collar, and cravat like a man's, with a brooch of Etruscan gold, and on her curly head was a picturesque little cap of black velvet, and her face was as bright and merry, and as small of feature, as a child's.
Page 195 - I do not altogether see the necessity of ever sculpturing another nakedness. Man is no longer a naked animal ; his clothes are as natural to him as his skin, and sculptors have no more right to undress him than to flay him.
Page 317 - When the bust was approaching completion he looked at it after one of the sittings, and said, "The trouble is, the more it resembles me the worse it looks.
Page 17 - HERO the virtues of the PATRIOT, and exerting both in establishing the liberties of his country, has rendered his name dear to his fellow-citizens, and given the world an immortal example of true glory. Done in the year of CHRIST, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, and in the year of the Commonwealth, the twelfth.
Page 153 - Cleopatra, voluptuous, passionate, tender, wicked, terrible, and full of poisonous and rapturous enchantment, was kneaded into what only a week or two before had been a lump of wet clay from the Tiber.

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