Principles Of Imitative Art; Four Lectures Delivered Before The Oxford Art Society, During Lent…

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byGeorge Butler

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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. 1852. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX II. The Inspiration of Art. TT7E can hardly persuade ourselves, when gazing on the sweet and heavenly expression of the Madonnas and saints of the early Italian painters--of Giotto, of Angelico da Fiesole, of Fra Bartolommeo, of Francia, and of Raffaelle in his youth--that they were not favoured by immediate inspiration from heaven; that they were not permitted to see displayed in visible form the souls of the departed, the spirits of the saints at rest. There is a beauty not of earth, a beauty purified of all fleshly stains, that sinks into the soul and fills it with religious awe, and love, and adoration. And we are almost inclined to say, Show me the face on earth which contains a like expression of heavenly joy, and peace, and love, and then I will cease to believe in the immediate inspiration of the early painters. Alas! this is a fallacious sign. We readily believe that which we wish to be true. Not less divine, doubtless, than the Madonnas and saints of the Christian painters, were the productions of the Hellenic artists. We have not their works to appeal to. But have we not enough of their sculptures to enable us to conclude confidently that it was so? Where can we find beauty more divine than that of the 'Belvedere Apollo'? Where greater dignity than that of the 'Theseus' of the Parthenon? Far more sublime than even the creations of M. Angelo--the figures of prophets and sibyls, who sit in majesty on their thrones on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel--were the 'Olympian Jove' of Phidias and the ' JupiteT Serapis.' True, we have not the Christian virtues; but we have those virtues which are most in accordance with the popular religion. It is a fallacious proof of the artist's inspiration, this beauty of his work. It is the proof to whic...

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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. 1852. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX II. The Inspiration of Art. TT7E can hardly persuade ourselves, when gazing on the sweet and heavenly expression of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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