Aesthetics; Or, the Science of Beauty

Aesthetics; Or, the Science of Beauty

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... we do not say, no justification, but no apology, in the necessities of art. Art does not need it, nay, is injured by it. From what has been said, we see that all its best themes will not suffer it. A Madonna, and not a Venus, a Christ, and not a Hercules, the history of its country, and not the fables of the dead, should be its ambition, and these precincts of virtue nudity dare not enter. The face, the limbs, the frame, the attitude, are the grand organs of expression, the only organs of spiritual and intellectual expression. Nor are these so barren, so totally exhausted, that the curious artist must go elsewhere to find that which he may do, that which he may render. All the concealed portions of the body are strictly physical in their adaptations and expression, and that taste which disciplines itself in rendering these will only be the more liable to lose the higher qualities of manhood, --to destroy the balance of godlike qualities on the side of the body, --to put muscle for will, softness for tenderness, and a full animal life for a vigorous, spiritual development. The argument from facts, both at this point and others, might be pushed much further, but the line of argument has been "sufficiently marked out. The most entire and unquestioning obedience of beauty to virtue is her only safety. LECTURE IX. ECONOMY OF BEAUTY.--REASONS FOE ECONOMY.--DIGNITY OF BEAUTY.--CHOICE OF THEMES.--TREATMENT OF THEMES.--SUMMATION. The second principle which we present, as controlling the manifestations of beauty, is its economy. Beauty, from the nature of the case, from the character of the objects in which it exists, and the faculties on which it operates, is subject to certain limitations. It may not be in full variety and high degree everywhere, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667930X
  • 9781236679307