Altdorfer. London 1900

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At the sign of the Unicorn, 1900 - 48 pages
 

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Page 7 - For, don't you mark ? we're made so that we love First when we see them painted, things we have passed Perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see; And so they are better, painted — better to us, Which is the same thing. Art was given for that; God uses us to help each other so, Lending our minds out.
Page 43 - How," he wrote to Roeckel on the 23rd August 1856, "can an artist expect that what he has felt intuitively should be perfectly realized by others, seeing that he himself feels in the presence of his work, if it is true Art, that he is confronted by a riddle, about which he, too, might have illusions, just as another might?
Page 24 - We know how long the outlaws of Sherwood lived in tradition ; men who, like some of their betters, have been permitted to redeem, by a few acts of generosity, the just ignominy of extensive crimes. These, indeed, were the heroes of vulgar applause ; but when such a judge as Sir John Fortescue could exult, that more Englishmen were hanged for robbery in one year than French in seven, — and that, if an Englishman be poor, and see another having riches, which may be taken from Km by might, he witt...
Page 43 - ... as Will and Representation." So obsessed did he become with this masterpiece of philosophic art that he declared that it contained the intellectual demonstration of the conflict of human forces which he himself had demonstrated artistically in his great poem. "I must confess," he writes to Roeckel, "to having arrived at a clear understanding of my own works of art through the help of another, who has provided me with the reasoned conceptions corresponding to my intuitive principles.
Page 8 - ... who most strenuously strove to improve others or even themselves? Have they not rather shown a tendency to be contented by advancing art? Lastly, what improvement is it that does result from art? These questions, except the last, leave me utterly in the lurch; but for that last I find an answer on the tip of my tongue: Beauty improves by educing elevation, delicacy, and refinement, and it also exhilarates; and in Greece, and even once or twice since, you might have found whole companies that...
Page 44 - ... may have attempted this expression of passions above the powers of the art ; and has, therefore, by an indistinct and imperfect marking, left room for every imagination with equal probability to find a passion of his own. What has been, and what can be done in the art, is sufficiently difficult: we need not be mortified or discouraged at not being able to execute the conceptions of a romantic imagination.
Page 8 - State-Architect, in 1539. Thousands of small figures, each finished as minutely as if alone in a world, roll, battle, and mingle with each other throughout this bewildering picture, in the utmost apparent confusion ; the details are endless, and the eye escapes from them only to lose itself in a wilderness of landscape — valleys, plains, mountains, capes, and promontories, azure in the distance, with the sea beyond them, and islands beyond that again, still extending and expanding as if we gazed...
Page 25 - Skipton castle, the great honour of the earls of Cumberland, and among the most splendid mansions of the north, not at the same period, for I have not found any inventory of a nobleman's furniture so ancient, but in 1572, after almost a century of continual improvement, we shall be astonished at the inferior provision of the baronial residence. There were not more than seven or eight beds in this great castle...
Page 25 - ... Nuremberg, Ratisbon, and Augsburg, were not indeed like the rich markets of London and Bruges, nor could their burghers rival the princely merchants of Italy ; but they enjoyed the blessings of competence diffused over a large class of industrious freemen, and, in the fifteenth century, one of the politest Italians could extol their splendid and well-furnished dwellings, their rich apparel, their easy and affluent mode of living, the security of their rights, and just equality of their laws.
Page 24 - A faith in the ordeal of strength, distrust of elaborate precaution, the union of a lion-like indolence with a rapidly calculated and successful daring, are just the characters to look for in men who have indeed had the winds and waves, with their Jong sleeps and reckless violence, for nursing mothers and nursing fathers.

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