Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792 Volume 2

Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792 Volume 2

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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. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ...he is surrounded-, that he may be 'easily persuaded to abandon and neglect studying a style, which appears to him wild, mysterious; and above his comprehension, and which he therefore feels no disposition to admire; a good disposition, which he concludes that he should naturally have, if the style deserved it. It is necessary therefore, that students should be prepared for the disappointment-which they may experience at their first setting out; and they must be cautioned, that probably they will not, at first sight, approve. ' It must be remembered, that this great style itself is artificial in the highest degree, it presupposes in the spectator, a cultivated andprepared artificial state of mind. It is' an absurdity therefore, . to suppose, that we are born with this taste, though we are with the seeds of it, which, by the heat and kindly influence of his genius, may be ripened in us. A late Philosopher and Critick has observed, speaking of taste, that we areon no account to expect that fine things should descend to us--our taste, if possible, must be made to ascend to them. The-same learned writer recommends to us even to feign a relish, till wefind a relish come, -and feel, that what began in fiction, -terminates in reality. If there be-in our Art any thing of that agreement or compact, such as I-apprehend there is in musick, with which the Critick is necessarily required previously to be acquainted, in order to form a correct judgment: the comparison with this art will illustrate what I have said on these points, and tend to show the probability, we may say the certainty, that men are not born with a relish for those arts in their most refined state, which as they cannot understand, they cannot be im ' pressed with their effects. This
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755510
  • 9781236755513