The Complete Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds: First President of the Royal Academy : with an Original Memoir, and Anecdotes of the Author, Volum 3

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Side 226 - Preserved; but I must bear this testimony to his memory, that the passions are truly touched in it, though, perhaps there is somewhat to be desired both in the grounds of them, and in the height and elegance of expression ; but nature is there, which is the greatest beauty.
Side 216 - Having thus shewn that imitation pleases, and why it pleases in both these arts, it follows, that some rules of imitation are necessary to obtain the end ; for without rules there can be no art, any more than there can be a house without a door to conduct you into it.
Side 151 - In heroic subjects it will not, I hope, appear too great a refinement of criticism to say, that the want of naturalness, or deception of the art, which give to an inferior style its whole value, is no material disadvantage : the Hours, for instance, as represented by Julio Romano, giving provender to the horses of the Sun, would not strike the imagination more forcibly from their being coloured with the pencil of Rubens, though he would have represented them more naturally: but might he not possibly,...
Side 242 - Helen thy Bridgewater vie, And these be sung till Granville's Myra die : Alas ! how little from the grave we claim ! Thou but preserv'st a face, and I a name.
Side 2 - Then view this marble, and be vain no more ! Yet still her charms in breathing paint engage; Her modest cheek shall warm a future age. Beauty, frail flower ! that every season fears, Blooms in thy colours for a thousand years.
Side 216 - Without invention a painter is but a copier, and a poet but a plagiary of others. Both are allowed sometimes to copy and translate ; but, as our author tells you, that is not the best part of their reputation. " Imitators are but a servile kind of cattle...
Side 152 - ... the effect of the grand style; they would only contribute to the ease of the spectator, by making the vehicle pleasing by which ideas are conveyed to the mind, which otherwise might be perplexed and bewildered with a confused assemblage of objects ; they would add a certain degree of grace and sweetness to strength and grandeur. Though the merits of those two great Painters are of such transcendency, as to make us overlook their deficiency, yet a subdued attention to these inferior excellencies...
Side 28 - Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines, Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.
Side 240 - Fir'd with ideas of fair Italy. With thee on Raphael's monument I mourn, Or wait inspiring dreams at Maro's urn : With thee repose where Tully once was laid, Or seek some ruin's formidable shade. While fancy brings the vanish'd piles to view, And builds imaginary Rome anew...
Side 218 - ... which are foreign to his Poem, and are naturally no parts of it : they are wens, and other excrescences,' which belong not to the body, but deform it. No person, no incident in the piece or in the play, but must be of use to carry on the main design. All things else are like six fingers to the hand, when nature, which is superfluous in nothing, can do her work with five. " A Painter must reject all trifling ornaments:" — so must a Poet refuse all tedious and unnecessary descriptions.

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