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Page 305 - Beautiful art can only be produced by people who have beautiful things about them, and leisure to look at them ; and unless you provide some elements of beauty for your workmen to be surrounded by, you will find that no elements of beauty can be invented by them.
Page 307 - ... the clear, sharp-cloven Carrara mountains sent up their steadfast flames of marble summit into amber sky ; the great sea itself, scorching with expanse of light, stretching from their feet to the Gorgonian isles ; and over all these, ever present, near or far — seen through the leaves of vine, or imaged with all its march of clouds in the Arno's stream, or set with its depth of blue close against the golden hair and burning cheek of lady and knight, — that untroubled and sacred sky, which...
Page 275 - A quality so essential to beauty, that I do not now recollect any thing beautiful that is not smooth. In trees and flowers, smooth leaves are beautiful; smooth slopes of earth in gardens; smooth streams in the landscape; smooth coats of birds and beasts in animal beauties; in fine women, smooth skins; and in several sorts of ornamental furniture, smooth and polished surfaces.
Page 307 - Italy ever saw — fairest, because purest and thoughtfullest ; trained in all high knowledge, as in all courteous art — in dance, in song, in sweet wit, in lofty learning, in loftier courage, in loftiest love — able alike to cheer, to enchant or save, the souls of men. Above all this scenery of perfect human life rose dome and bell-tower, burning with white alabaster and gold ; beyond dome and bell-tower the slopes of mighty hills, hoary with olive ; far in the north, above a purple sea of peaks...
Page 164 - Not equal, as their sex not equal seemed; For contemplation he and valor formed, For softness she and sweet attractive grace...
Page 15 - Exhibition of 1867, England stood among the foremost, and in some branches of manufacture distanced the most artistic nations. It was the schools of art, and the great collection of works of industrial art at the South Kensington Museum, that accomplished this result. The United States still held her place at the foot of the column.
Page 9 - There are but four classes of human beings whom it is not found practicable to interest in drawing : they are the blind, the idiotic, the lunatic, and the paralytic. Of the rest of mankind and womankind exactly 100 per cent, can be taught to draw.
Page 321 - ... subject of consolation for your declining years, reflect that precisely according to the extent of your past operations, your life has been successful in retarding the arts, tarnishing the virtues, and confusing the manners of your country. But, on the other hand, if you resolve from the first that, so far as you can ascertain or discern what is best, you will produce what is best, on an intelligent consideration of the probable tendencies and possible tastes of the people whom you supply, you...
Page 275 - Whereas let it want ever so many of the other constituents, if it wants not this, it becomes more pleasing than almost all the others without it. This seems to me so evident, that I am a good deal surprised, that none who have handled the subject have made any mention of the quality of smoothness in the enumeration of those that go to the forming of beauty.
Page 40 - Any city or town may, and every city and town having more than ten thousand inhabitants shall, annually make provision for giving free instruction in industrial or mechanical drawing to persons over fifteen years of age, either in day or evening schools, under the direction of the school committee.