The works of sir Joshua Reynolds. To which is prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author, by E. Malone, Volumen3


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Página 288 - Bid her be all that cheers or softens life, The tender sister, daughter, friend, and wife: Bid her be all that makes mankind adore ; Then view this marble, and be vain no more ! Yet still her charms in breathing paint engage; 55 Her modest cheek shall warm a future age.
Página 289 - Oh lasting as those colours may they shine, Free as thy stroke, yet faultless as thy line ; New graces yearly like thy works display, 65 Soft without weakness, without glaring gay; Led by some rule, that guides, but not constrains ; And finish'd more through happiness than pains.
Página 268 - is the gift of Jupiter;" and, to speak in the same heathen language, We call it the gift of our Apollo, not to be obtained by pains or study, if we are not born to it : for the motions which are studied are never so natural as those which break out in the height of a real passion.
Página 285 - THIS verse be thine, my friend! nor thou refuse This from no venal or ungrateful Muse. Whether thy hand strike out some free design, Where life awakes, and dawns at every line, Or blend in beauteous tints the colour'd mass, And from the canvass call the mimic face...
Página 256 - A happy genius is the gift of nature : it depends on the influence of the stars, say the astrologers ; on the organs of the body, say the naturalists ; it is the particular gift of heaven say the divines, both christians and heathens. How to improve it, many books can teach us ; how to obtain it, none ; that nothing can be done without it, all agree : Tu nihil invita dices faciesve Minerva. Without invention a Painter is but a copier, and a Poet but a plagiary of others.
Página 255 - ... gives us pleasure, a lively imitation of it, either in poetry or painting, must of necessity produce a much greater : for both these arts, as I said before, are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature, of that which is wrought up to a nobler pitch. They present us with images more perfect than the life in any individual, and we have the pleasure to see all the scattered beauties of nature united by a happy chemistry without its deformities or faults. They are imitations of...
Página 249 - ... may be applied what Hippocrates says of Physic, as I find him cited by an eminent French critic. " Medicine has long subsisted in the world; the principles of it are certain, and it has a certain way; by both which there has been found, in the course of many ages, an infinite number of things, the experience of which has confirmed its usefulness and goodness. All that is wanting to the perfection of this Art, will...
Página 268 - To express the passions which are seated on the heart by outward signs," is one great precept of the painters, and very difficult to perform. In poetry the same passions and motions of the mind are to be expressed ; and in this consists the principal difficulty, as well as the excellency of that art. " This," says my author, " is the gift of Jupiter;" and, to speak in the same heathen language, we call it the gift of our Apollo, not to be obtained by pains or study, if we are not born to it : for...
Página 236 - ... excited in us. Such in Painting are the warts and moles, which, adding a likeness to the face, are not, therefore, to be omitted ; but these produce no loathing in us ; but how far to proceed, and where to stop, is left to the judgment of the Poet and the Painter. In Comedy there is somewhat more of the worse likeness to be taken...
Página 280 - A work may be over-wrought, as well as under-wrought ; too much labour often takes away the spirit by adding to the polishing, so that there remains nothing but a dull correctness, a piece without any considerable faults, but with few beauties ; for when the spirits are drawn off, there is nothing but a caput mortuum.

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