The Life of Raffaello Sanzio Da Urbino

The Life of Raffaello Sanzio Da Urbino

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...to be of value when they cease to be new. The same author, speaking of the qualities of his style as a painter, says, that "perfect human beauty he has not represented; no face of Raphael's is perfectly beautiful; no figure of his, in the abstract, possesses the proportions that could raise it to a standard of imitation: form to him was only a vehicle of character or pathos, and to those, he adapted it in a mode, and with a truth, which leaves all attempts at emendation hopeless. His composition always hastens to the most necessary point as its centre, and from that, disseminates; to that, leads hack, as rays, all secondary ones. Group, form, and contrast, are subordinate to the event, and common-place is ever excluded. His expression is unmixed and pure, in strict unison with, and decided by character, whether calm, animated, agitated, convulsed, or absorbed by the inspiring passion, it never contradicts its cause, and is equally remote from tameness and grimace: the moment of his choice never suffers the action to stagnate or to expire; it is the moment of transition, the crisis big with the past and pregnant with the future. His invention connects the utmost stretch of possibility, with the most plausible degree of probability, in a manner that equally surprises our fancy, persuades our judgment, and affects our heart." The eminence to which the Italian schools arose in Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, has given rise to endless speculations as to the causes which most contribute to the advancement of those arts. The Abbe du Bos, and Winkelmann, have long given to the public their respective opinions on the influence of climate: forms of government have been resorted to; and the philosophic Hume, in his inquiry into the operations of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236658728
  • 9781236658722