The life and writings of Henry Fuseli, the former written and the latter ed. by J. Knowles, Band 3


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Seite 17 - His line is uniformly grand. Character and beauty were admitted only as far as they could be made subservient to grandeur. The child, the female, meanness, deformity, were by him indiscriminately stamped with grandeur. A beggar rose from his hand the patriarch of poverty; the hump of his dwarf is impressed with dignity; his women are moulds of generation ; his infants teem with the man; his men are a race of giants. This is the ' Terribil Via* hinted at by Agostino Carracci.
Seite 148 - ... by his contemporary Guido or Guidone of Sienna; a name not mentioned by Vasari, though in his frequent excursions to Sienna, he could not remain unacquainted with the works of Guido, at least one which still exists in the chapel of the Male* This picture has been confounded with another of the Kiune subject by the same master, and the addition of the Donor's portrait, Frate Elia, which exists no more.
Seite 213 - David, and the conqueror subdued by female weakness in Judith, are types of his mysterious progress, till Jonah pronounces him immortal ; and the magnificence of the last judgment, by showing the Saviour in the judge of men, sums up the whole, and reunites the founder and the race.
Seite 8 - I will not say equalled, but approached the subblimity of Leonardo's conception, and in quiet and simple features of humanity, embodied divine, or, what is the same, incomprehensible and infinite powers. To him who could contrive and give this combination, the unlimited praise lavished on the inferior characters who surround the hero, whilst his success in that was doubted, appears to me not only no praise, but a gross injustice.
Seite 98 - We are more impressed by Gothic than by Greek mythology, because the bands are not yet rent which tie us to its magic : he has a powerful hold of us, who holds us by our \ superstition or by a theory of honour.
Seite 85 - When Spenser dragged into light the entrails of the serpent, slain by the Redcross Knight, he dreamt a butcher's dream and not a poet's...
Seite 50 - FUSELI. 2. If an Artist love his Art for its own sake, he will delight in excellence wherever he meets it, as well in the work of another as in his own. This is the test of a true love. 3. Nor is this genuine...
Seite 54 - But they are at the same time the asylum of the student, the theatre of his exercises, the repositories of the materials, the archives of the documents of our art...
Seite 20 - Raphael we see in his cradle, we hear him stammer ; but propriety rocked the cradle, and character formed his lips. Even in the trammels of Pietro Perugino, dry and servile in his style of design, formal...
Seite 59 - ... Leone demanded genius for its own sake, and found it — the age of Cosmo, Ferdinand, and Urban, demanded talents and dispatch to flatter their own vanity, and found them too ; but Cosmo, Ferdinand, and Urban, are sunk in the same oblivion, or involved in the same censure with their tools — Julio and Leone continue to live with the permanent powers which they had called forth. APHORISMS, CHIEFLY RELATIVE TO THE FINE ARTS. APHORISMS. 1. LIFE is rapid, art is slow, occasion coy, practice fallacious,...

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