Fine Art, Chiefly Contemporary: Notices Re-printed, with Revisions

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Macmillan, 1867 - Art - 392 pages

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Page 204 - And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands ? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
Page 28 - Invention depends Altogether upon Execution or Organization ; as that is right or wrong so is the Invention perfect or imperfect. Whoever is set to Undermine the Execution of Art is set to Destroy Art. Michael Angelo's Art depends on Michael Angelo's Execution Altogether.
Page 327 - ... matters of temporary interest, and softening down all asperities of censure. The main object of the book is, by examples taken chiefly from the works of contemporaries, to illustrate the truths, that art has fixed principles, of which any one may attain the knowledge who is not wanting in natural taste. Art, like poetry, is addressed to the world at large, not to a special jury of professional masters. " In many respects the truest critic we have. " — LITERARY CHURCHMAN. THE FIVE DAYS' ENTERTAINMENTS...
Page 55 - Rest, rest, a perfect rest Shed over brow and breast; Her face is toward the west, The purple land. She cannot see the grain Ripening on hill and plain; She cannot feel the rain Upon her hand.
Page 173 - ... rules, is to have a principal light occupying one-seventh of its space, and a principal shadow occupying one-third of the same; that no two people's heads in the picture are to be turned the same way, and that all the personages represented are to possess ideal beauty of the highest order, which ideal beauty consists partly in a Greek outline of nose, partly in proportions expressible in decimal fractions between the lips and the chin ; but partly also in that degree of improvement which the...
Page 254 - Cimabue's celebrated Madonna is carried in procession through the streets of Florence ; in front of the Madonna, and crowned with laurels, walks Cimabue himself with his pupil Giotto ; behind it, Arnolfo di Lapo. Gaddo Gaddi, Andrea Tafi, Nicola I'isano, Bufalmaceo, and Simone Memmi ; in the corner Dante.
Page 309 - At Hope's delusive smile The chieftain's safety and the mother's pride Were to the insidious conqueror's grasp resigned ; While o'er the western wave th' ensanguined sun In gathering haze a stormy signal spread And set portentous.
Page 20 - ... Spirit), which, being Three, are also One: — this lady was accompanied by the number nine to the end that men might clearly perceive her to be a nine, that is, a miracle, whose only root is the Holy Trinity. It may be that a more subtile person would find for this thing a reason of greater subtilty: but such is the reason that I find, and that liketh me best.
Page iii - Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you. Every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of truth. The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.
Page 293 - He walked twenty to twentyfive miles a day, with his baggage tied up in a handkerchief, and swinging on the end of his stick. He sketched quickly all the good pieces of composition he met. He made quick pencil-notes in his pocketbook, and photographed into his mind legions of transitory effects by aid of a stupendous, retentive, and minute memory.

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