Journey to Flanders and Holland

Journey to Flanders and Holland

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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. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...are not excited by those works, as what he may remember to have felt from the most 'sublime'pas-' sages of Homer? I mention those figures more particularly, as they come nearer to a comparison with his Jupiter, his demi-gods, and heroes; those ' Sybils and Prophets being a kind of intermediate beings between men and angels. Though instances' may be produced in the works of other painters, ' which may justly stand in competition with those I have mentioned, such as the Isaiah, and the vision of Ezekiel, by Raffaelle, the St. Mark of Frate Bartolomeo, and many others; yet these, it must be allowed, are inventions so much in Michael Angelo's manner of thinking, that they may be truly considered as so many rays, which discover manifestly the centre from which they emanated. The sublime in painting, as in poetry, so overpowers, and takes such possession of the whole mind, that no room is left for attention to minute criticism. The little elegancies of art in the presence of these great ideas thus greatly expressed, lose all their value, and are, for the instant at least, felt to be unworthy of our notice. The correct judgment, the purity of taste, which characterise Raffaelle, the exquisite grace of Corregio and Parmegiano, all disappear before them. That Michael Angelo was capricious in his inventions, cannot be denied; and this may make some circumspection necessary in studying his works; for though they appear to become him, an imitation of them is always dangerous, and will prove sometimes ridiculous. " Within that circle none durst walk but be." To me, I confess his caprice does not lower the estimation of his genius, even though it is sometimes, I acknowledge, carried to the extreme: and however more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236984420
  • 9781236984425