The Portfolio Volume 17

The Portfolio Volume 17

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...artistic element predominates over all others. Sciences, though they may be helpful, may also be dangerous to the imaginative art of painting. With regard to archaeology, so long as it remains a sentiment only, a conservative affection for what is old, it can do nothing but good to a landscape-painter; it lends a pathetic interest to many a scene which without it would signify little. On the other hand, a highly developed scientific archaeology would almost inevi tably give antiquities too great a space on their own account, as material objects, without regard to the imaginative artistic sentiment, which ought to be the dominant motive of the picture. For example, the archaeologist has no objection to a great unrelieved space of blank wall, if it is an ancient wall, but the pictorial artist feels it to be an embarrassment whether it is a piece of antiquity or not. Again, the archaeologist is interested in ancient battlefields, but the pictorial artist inquires first of all whether they are good landscapes. As the imagination carries us into the regions of the ideal, it seems to make our sympathies more general with regard to what we see in art than they are in the presence of the reality itself. Browning remarked long since in some well-known lines, that we see thingswhen theyare painted which we miss in the reality; and not only do we see beauties in pictures that escape us in nature, but we have livelier and warmer, and I may add, far kinder sympathies at the call of the imaginative artist than the real world usually awakens in us. The reason seems to be because the awakening of imagination in us by the artist both elevates and intensifies our feelings, and the reality does not stimulate our imagination as an imaginative picture...show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236866045
  • 9781236866042