The True And The Beautiful In Nature, Art, Morals And Religion (volume 2); Selected From The Works…

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byJohn Ruskin

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE TRUE AND THE BEAUTIFUL IN Nature, Art, Morals, and Religion. Part v. PAINTING. CHARACTERISTICS OF "GREATNESS OF STYLE" IN PAINTING. I. Choice Of Noble Subject.--Greatness of style consists then: first, in the habitual choice of subjects of thought which involve wide interests and profound passions, as opposed to those which involve narrow interests and slight passions. The style is greater or less in exact proportion to the nobleness of the interests and passions involved in the subject. The habitual choice of sacred subjects, such as the Nativity, Transfiguration, Crucifixion (if the choice be sincere), implies that the painter has a natural disposition to dwell on the highest thoughts of which humanity is capable; it constitutes him so far forth a painter of the highest order, as, for instance, Leonardo, in his painting of the Last Supper: he who delights in representing the acts or meditations of great men, as, for instance, Raphael painting the School of Athens, is, so far forth, a painter of the second order: he who represents the passions and events of ordinary life, of the third. And in this ordinary life, he who represents deep thoughts and sorrows, as, for instance, Hunt, in his Claudio and Isabella, and such other works, is of the highest rank in his sphere; and he who represents the slight malignities and passions of the drawing-room, as, for instance, Leslie, of the second rank: he who represents the sports of boys or simplicities of clowns, as Webster or Teniers, of the third rank; and he who represents'brutalities and vices (for delight in them, and not for rebuke of them), of no rank at all, or rather of a negative rank, holding a certain order in the abyss. The reader will, I hope, understand how much importa...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE TRUE AND THE BEAUTIFUL IN Nature, Art, Morals, and Religion. Part v. PAINTING. CHARACTERISTICS OF "GREATNESS OF STYLE" IN PAINTIN...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 13, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217613845

ISBN - 13:9780217613842

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