The Analysis of Beauty Written with a View of Fixing the Fluctuating Ideas of Taste

The Analysis of Beauty Written with a View of Fixing the Fluctuating Ideas of Taste

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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. 1753 edition. Excerpt: ...has been said' of this method of nature's. working, as. ' well as otherwise worth our notice, that when any parts. belonging to the human body are conceal'd, and not immediately concern'd in movement, all-such. ornamental. shapes, asevidently appear in the muscles and bonesg, are totally neglected as unnecessary, for nature doth 'no-. thing in vain! this is plainly the case of the intestines, none of them having the least beauty, as to sorm, except the Heart; which noble part, -and indeed kind of. first mover, is a simple and well-varied figure; con-sormable to which, some of 'the most' elegant Romanurns and vascs have been sashiorfd. Now, thus much being "kept in remembrance, our. next step will be to-speak of, first, general mea-fiire-a ments; such as the whole height of. the ' body to its breadth, or the length' of a limb to its thickness: and, secondly, os such appearances of dimenfions as are toointricately varied to admit of-a description-by lines. 5 The former will 'be confined to a very few straight?lines, crossing each other, which will easily be under?stood by every one; but the latter will require somewhat more attention, because it will, extend to-the pre cifion of every modification, bound, or limit, of the' 1 See chap. ix. on Compofitions with the Serpentine-line, suring may be used in order to produce the most proper variety in the proportions of the parts of any body. I say, practicaole, because the vast variety of intricately situated parts, belonging to the human form, will not admit of measuring the distances of one part by another, by lines or points, beyond a certain degree or number, without great perplexity in the operation itself, or confusion to the imagination. For instance, say, a line representing more

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  • English
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  • 9781236786500