The Port Folio Volume 5-6

The Port Folio Volume 5-6

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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. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ...when improvement was to be obtained. Knowing that the painter's great secret is to learn to imitate nature, he disdained to make a mystery of his art, but was always ready to communicate without jealousy the result of his observation and experience. Although he was unable to devote much time to reading, yet he by no means neglected the improvement of his intellect, for it was his delight to procure 8 friend to read to him when painting. He had pursued with taste and attention many of the most approved English authours, and with a mind naturally acute and discriminating, selected and retained what he read. As Miniature was the department he chose, it limited those powers which would have been eminent even in-historick painting;but it was a style peculiarly congenial to the benevolence of his feelings. Ke imparted such life to the ivory, and produced always such striking resemblances, that they will never fail to perpetuate the tenderness of friendship, to divert the cares of absence, and to aid affection in dwelling on those features -nd that image, which death has forever wrested from it. His style of painting was chaste ami correct, his colouring clear and judiciously wrought, and his taste altogether derived from a just contemplation of nature--In his female heads particularly, there was, when his subject permitted, an enchanting delicacy and beauty. We have never seen a pencil more happy in representing "the mild light of love," the "Lumen purpureum Juventae." For these excellencies he would not suffer even from a comparison with Guido or Albani. The memory of such a man will long be preserved with respect by th-te who knew him; his pencil, whose language is universal, will rescue bis name from oblivion. ORIGINAL...
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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587650
  • 9781236587657