The American Drawing-book: a Manual for the Amateur, and Basis of Study for the Professional Artist: Especially Adapted to the Use of Public and Private Schools, as Well as Home Instruction

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Barnes, 1858 - Drawing - 304 pages

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Page 22 - O" became a proverb. Then presenting it to the gentleman, he told him, that there was a piece of design which he might carry to his holiness. The messenger replied, " I ask for a design." Giotto answered, *' Go, sir, I tell you his holiness 'asks nothing else of me.
Page 36 - A young man, who has a natural inclination to the study of this art, I would advise to act thus : In order to acquire a true notion of the form of things, he must begin by studying the parts which compose them, and not pass to a second till he has well stored his memory, and sufficiently practised the first ; otherwise he loses his time, and will most certainly protract his studies. And let him remember to acquire accuracy before he attempts quickness.
Page 300 - Style in painting is the same as in writing, a power over materials, whether words or colours, by which conceptions or sentiments are conveyed.
Page 256 - Take of virgin wax and asphaltum, each two ounces, of black pitch and burgundy pitch each half an ounce. Melt the wax and pitch in a new earthenware glazed pot, and add to them, by degrees, the asphaltum, finely powdered. Let the whole boil till such time as that, taking a drop upon a plate, it will break when it is cold, on bending it double two or three times betwixt the fingers. The...
Page 287 - Composition, which is the principal part of the Invention of a painter, is by far the greatest difficulty he has to encounter. Every man that can paint at all, can execute individual parts ; but to keep those parts in due subordination as relative / to a whole, requires a comprehensive view of the V art, that more strongly implies genius, than perhaps any other quality whatever.
Page 110 - Whether, apart considerM, or combin'd, The forms of matter, and the traits of mind; Nature, exhaustless, still has power to warm, And every change of scene a novel charm: The dome-crown'd city, or the cottag*d plain, The rough cragg'd mountain, or tumultuous main ; The temple rich, in trophied pride...
Page 252 - Try to put well in practice what you already know; in so doing you will, in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about.
Page 4 - God's beautiful creation, unfelt and unknown to those who have neglected its cultivation. It does more : it gives strength to the arm of the mechanic, and taste and skill to the producer, not only of the embellishments, but actual necessities of life. From the anvil of the smith, and the workbench of the joiner, to the manufacturer of the most costly productions of ornamental art, it is ever at hand with its powerful aid, in strengthening invention and execution, and qualifying the mind and hand...

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