A History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States, Volume 2

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C. E. Goodspeed & Company, 1918 - Art
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Page 323 - And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men ; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha : and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha. he revived, and stood up on his feet.
Page 87 - The Box made of the Oak that "sheltered the Great Sir William Wal"-lace after the battle of Falkirk"— presented to me by his Lordship in terms too flattering for me to repeat, — with a request "To pass it, on the event "of my decease to the man in my "Country who should appear to merit " it best, upon the same conditions " that have induced him to send it "to me.
Page 83 - I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being, who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect...
Page 309 - The Miracle of the Slave and The Marriage of Cana, I thought of nothing but the gorgeous concert of colors, or rather of the indefinite forms (I cannot call them sensations) of pleasure with which they filled the imagination. It was the poetry of color which I felt; procreative in its nature, giving birth to a thousand things which the eye cannot see, and distinct from their cause.
Page 303 - Tis in this way that poets and painters keep their minds .young. How else could the old man make the page or the canvass palpipate with the hopes and fears and joys, the impetuous, impassioned emotions of youthful lovers or reckless heroes ? There is a period of life when the ocean of time seems to force upon the mind a barrier against itself, forming as it were a permanent beach, on which the advancing years successively break, only to be carried back by a returning current to that furthest deep...
Page 310 - I may here notice a false notion which is current among artists, in the interpretation they put on the axiom, that 'something should always be left to the imagination, viz. : that some parts of a picture should be left unfinished.' The very statement betrays its unsoundness ; for that which is unfinished must necessarily be imperfect, so that according to this rule, imperfection is made essential to perfection. The error lies in the phrase 'left to the imagination;' it has filled modern Art with...
Page 300 - Spanish (I know not) that gave me my first hints in color in that branch ; it was of a rich and deep tone, though not by the hands of a master; the work, perhaps, of a moderate artist, but...
Page 301 - His novelties then are the rifacimenti of his former life. The gentler emotions are then as early friends who revisit him in dreams, and who, recalling the past, give a grace and beauty, nay a rapture even to what in the heyday of youth had seemed to him spiritless and flat. And how beautiful is this law of nature — perfuming as it were our very graves with the unheeded flowers of childhood.
Page 331 - Sun, in possession of the marquis of Stafford — this is a colossal foreshortened figure, that, if standing upright, would be fourteen feet high, but being foreshortened occupies a space but of nine feet ; the directors of the British Gallery presented me with a hundred and fifty guineas as a token of their approbation of Uriel.
Page 22 - Such a dearth of public spirit, and such want of virtue, such stock-jobbing, and fertility in all the low arts to obtain advantages of one kind or another, in this great change of military arrangement, I never saw before, and pray God's mercy that I may never be witness to again.

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