Putnam's Monthly Volume 4

Putnam's Monthly Volume 4

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...Nobody cares for the impressions of a novice on any subject, much less upon one which requires a peculiar aptitude and culture for its appreciation. It is a singular hallucination which induces every one who travels to write his opinions of the fine arts, especially of architecture and painting. Persons who know nothing of architecture, and never troubled themselves about paintings at home, and, what is worse, who have no original sensibility to art, begin to talk of cathedrals and pictures as soon as they land at Liverpool, and do not stop until they have told us what they think of all the churches and galleries of Europe. They praise and blame with all the freedom of the most learned connoisseurs, and they question and reverse the decisions of centuries, with a positiveness and largeness of utterance that, on other subjects, would be good grounds for issuing a writ de lunatico. Take these same persons into a cotton factory, or show them a curiously-constructed bootjack, and they would instantly oonfess their profound ignorance of either matter. They would no more venture to pronounce a criticism upon the perfection of the one or the other, than they would upon the Mecanique Celeste, but bring them before a Raphael, or let them read a drama of Shakespeare--or any of the highest, subtlest, deepest works of the human mind--and they will rattle oft? volumes of criticism in less than twenty minutes. Now, we do not mean to say that Mrs. Stowe is one of these; she is far from it; she is a woman of sensibility and genius; possesses clearly a native love of art, and with suitable cultivation, such as Mrs. Jamieson, for instance, has had, would make most likely a sound critic; but as yet her judgment is raw, and we are sorry that she did not reserve her...show more

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  • Paperback | 498 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 880g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236634748
  • 9781236634740