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But as he never lived to write that Commentary, his translator has taken the liberty to pass over this line in silence also. ..
NOTE LVIII. Verse 776.
Du Piles, and after bim Dryden, call this hero Louis XIII. but the later French Editor, whom I have before quoted, will needs have him to be the XIV. His note is as follows : “ At the accession of Louis XIV. Du Fresnoy had been ten years at Rome, therefore the epoch, marked by the poet, falls probably upon the first years of that Prince ; tliat is to say, upon the years 1643 or 1644. The thunders which he darts on the Alps, allude to the successes of our arms in the Milanese and in Piedmont: and the Alcides, who is born again in France for the defence of his country, is the conqueror of Rocroy, the young Duke of Anguien, afterwards called Le Grand Condé.” I am apt to suspect that all this fine criticism is false, though I do not think it worth while to controvert it. Whether the poet meant to compliment Louis XIII. or the little boy that succeeded him, (for he was only six years old in the year 1644,) he was guilty of gross flattery. It is impossible, however, from the construction of the sentence, that Lodovicus Borbonidum Decus, and Gallicus Alcides, could mean any more than one identical person ; and conse
quently the Editor's notion concerning the Grand Condé is indisputably false. I have, therefore, taken the whole passage in the same sense that Du Piles did: and have also, like him, used the Poets phrase of the Spanish Lion, in the concluding line, rather than that of the Spanish Geryon, to which Mr. Dryden has transformed him: His reason, I suppose, for doing this was, that the monster Geryon was of Spanish extraction, and the Nemean Lion, which Hercules killed, was of Peloponnesus; but we are told by Martial,* that there was a fountain in Spain called Nemea, which, perhaps, led Fresnoy astray in this passage. However this be, Hercules killed so many lions, besides that which constituted the first of his twelve labours, that either he, or at least some one of his namesakes, may well be supposed to have killed one in Spain. Geryon is described by all the Poets as a man with three heads, and therefore could not well have been called a lion by Fresnoy; neither does the plural Ora mean any more than the Jaws of a single beast. So Lucan, lib. iv. ver. 739.
Quippe ubi non sonipes motus clangore tubarum
* Avidem rigens Dircenna placabit sitim Et Nemea quæ vincit vives..
Mart. lib. i. Epig. 50, de Hipso, toc. M.
164 NOTES ON THE ART OF PAINTING.
NOTE LIX. VERSE 1785. But mark the Proteus-policy of State. If this translation should live as many years as the original has done already, which by its being printed with that original, and illustrated by such a commentator, is a thing not impossible, it may not be amiss, in order to prevent an hallucination of some future critic, similar to that of the French Editor, mentioned in the last note, to conclude with a memorandum that the translation was finished, and these occasional verses added, in the year 1781 ; leaving, however, the political sentiments which they express, to be approved or condemned by him, as the annals of the time (written at a period distant enough for history to become impartial) may determine his judgment.
THE END OF THE NOTES.
The Precepts which Şir Joshua Reynolds has illustrated, are marked in the following Table with one or more. Asterisks, according to the number of his Notes.
They are markeding to the
I. Of the beautiful *** ......... Page 26
Invention, the first part of painting ** ..
painting ** isso...'o'o's....... 34 VIII. Variety in the figures .......... IX. Conformity of the Limbs and drapery to
the head *.................. X. Action of mutes to be imitated * ...... XI. The principal Figure.*.......... XII. Groups of figures .............
XIII. Diversity of attitude in groups * .... 38 XIV. A balance to be kept in the picture . . . 39 XV. Of the number of figures ** .... Page 40 XVI. The joints of the feet ........... 41 XVII. The motion of the hands with the head 41 XVIII. What things are to be avoided in the
distribution of the piece .......... 41 XIX. Nature to be accommodated to genius * XX. The antique the model to be copied ... XXI. How to paint a single figure* .... XXII. Of drapery * ... XXIII. Of picturesque ornament ..... XXIV. Ornament of gold and jewels * .. XXV. Of the model ........... XXVI. Union of the piece ........ XXVII. Grace and majesty * iii...! XXVIII. Every thing in its proper place i. XXIX. The passions *** ........... XXX. Gothic ornament to be avoided.... XXXI. Colouring, the third part of painting * 52 XXXII. The conduct of the tints of light and
shadow . ................. 53 XXXIII. Dense and opaque bodies with trans- .
lucent ones ........................ 56 XXXIV. There must not be two equal lights
in the picture **.i.vi..... . XXXV. Of white and black ......... XXXVI. The reflection of colours :..... XXXVII. The union of colours * ...... XXXVIII,. Of the interposition of air ...,