Sketches of the History of Man Volume 1

Sketches of the History of Man Volume 1

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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. 1796 edition. Excerpt: ...and in toys of every kind. The Italians have always excelled in architecture and painting, the English in gardening. How are such national differences to be explained 'I A nation, like an individual, may be disposed to grand objects, which swell the mind. A nation, like an individual, may reiish things neat, pretty, and elegant. And if a taste of any kind happen once to prevail among men of figure, it soon turns general. The verdute of the fields in England invites a polishing hand.. Chap. 25. IVI 2 attracted her eye. She took an aversion to a holly, and was not at ease till the group was extirpated. Such a bias is perfectly harmless. What follows is not so. The Oxonians disiiked the great Newton, because he was educated at Cambridge; and they savored every book writ against him. That bias, I hope, has not come down to the present time. Refinement of taste in a nation, is always accompanied with refinement of manners: 'people accustomed to behold order and elegance in-public buildings and public gardens, acquire urbanity in private. 'But it is irksome to trudge long in a beaten track, familiar to all the world; and theresore, leaving what is said above, like a statue curtailed of legs and arms, I hasten to the history of the fine arts. Useful arts paved the way to fine arts. Men upon whom the former had bestowed every convenience, turned their thoughts to the latter. Beauty was studied in objects of fight; and men of taste attached themselves to the fine arts. which multi. plied their enjoyments and improved their benevolence. Sculpture and painting made an early figure in Greece; which afforded plenty of beautiful originals to be copied in these imitative arts. Statuary, a more simple imitation than painting; was sooner brought to...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236737636
  • 9781236737632