A BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF THE FINE ARTS

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1867
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Page 779 - His talents of every kind, powerful from nature, and not meanly cultivated by letters ; his social virtues, in all the relations and all the habitudes of life, rendered him the centre of a very great and unparalleled variety of agreeable societies, which will be dissipated by his death. He had too much merit not to excite some jealousy, too much innocence to provoke any enmity. The loss of no man of his time can be felt with more sincere, general, and unmixed sorrow.
Page 529 - ... the common concerns of life. He is indeed a signal instance of what well-directed diligence will do in a short time; he lived but twenty-seven years; yet in that short space carried the art so far beyond what it had before reached, that he appears to stand alone as a model for his successors. Vasari gives a long catalogue of painters and sculptors who formed their taste, and learned their art, by studying his works; among those, he names Michael Angelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino, Raffaelle,...
Page 779 - I should grieve to see Reynolds transfer to heroes and to goddesses, to empty splendour and to airy fiction, that art which is now employed in diffusing friendship, in renewing tenderness, in quickening the affections of the absent, and continuing the presence of the dead.
Page 779 - ... his native humility, modesty, and candour never forsook him, even on surprise or provocation ; nor was the least degree of arrogance or assumption visible to the most scrutinizing eye, in any part of his conduct or discourse.
Page 750 - Having since that period frequently revolved this subject in my mind, I am now clearly of opinion that a relish for the higher excellencies of the art is an acquired taste, which no man ever possessed without long cultivation, and great labour and attention.
Page 779 - In full affluence of foreign . and domestic fame, admired by the expert in art and by the learned in science, courted...
Page 779 - Sir Joshua Reynolds was on very many accounts one of the most memorable men of his time. He was the first Englishman who added the praise of the elegant arts to the other glories of his country. In taste, in grace, in facility, in happy invention, and in the richness and harmony of colouring, he was equal to the great masters of the renowned ages.
Page 779 - His admirable Discourses contain such a body of just criticism, clotlind in sucli perspicuous, elexant, and nervous language, that it is no exaggerated panegyric to assert, that they will last as long as the English tongue, and contribute, not less than the productions of his pencil, to render his name immortal.
Page 764 - German painter of whom little is known, and about whom considerable curiosity has recenHy been excited by the discovery of several pictures bearing his name. He is said to have been a scholar of Albert Durer, and to have died in 1528. There is an altar-piece by him in the Cathedral of Halberstadt, consisting of the Crucifixion, with laterals on the inside of folding-doors, representing the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Shepherds, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Presentation.
Page 800 - His cartoons, some of which have unfortunately perished, were examples of the sublime and terrible ; at that time perfectly new in English art.

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