Nature and human nature

Paperback | October 1, 2012

byEllen Russell Emerson

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...of the former, as set forth on the ceiling of a Christian church, is made evident in the temper of the artist, who has pilloried, so to speak, an inimical monk among the damned, an unrelenting desire on the part of the painter (as in the case of Dante) to have vengeance on a foe, and that a lasting vengeance, such as was attributed to deity in judgment of the sinner, a concept derived from barbaric notions that did not discriminate between a persistent moral force and the supposable decrees of a vengeful god. But Michael Angelo's genius, if at one time influenced by tradition, when under the sway of distinctly intellectual themes shows an unbiased grasp of his subject, as for instance in his representation of the Hebraic bards and prophets, in which his personalization is never at fault. For in the diversity of characterization here maintained is seen that careful analysis of the effect of mental traits on physiognomy which could be made only by one who studied the laws of cause and effect and also knew that immediate conjunction of spirit and matter, body and soul, which is occasion of response of lineaments to personal character, this response shown in diversity of faces. But here it may be asked, if it was possible to characterize the prophets and bards through a process of analysis which took into consideration the effect of mental traits and the laws whence their effect, why might it not be possible to characterize Christ, why fail in the image of the Christian ideal? This question can be answered only by an understanding of the limitations of the painter's genius, a limitation suggested by Michael Angelo's representation of deity as considered above, this a misconception that bears the impress of his individual temper, for Michael Angelo's...

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...of the former, as set forth on the ceiling of a Christian church, is made evident in the temper of the artist, who has ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217024815

ISBN - 13:9780217024815

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