Outline History of the Fine Arts: Embracing a View of the Rise, Progress, and Influence of the Arts Among Different Nations, Ancient and Modern, with Notices of the Character and Works of Many Celebrated Artists ...

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Harper and Brothers, 1840 - 330 pages

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Page 3 - The Swiss Family Robinson; or, the Adventures of a Father and Mother and Four Sons on a Desert Island. With Explanatory Notes and Illustrations. First and Second Series. New Edition, complete in one volume, 3s. 6d. Geography for my Children. By Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Author of " Uncle Tom's Cabin,
Page 210 - Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them...
Page 222 - 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.
Page 290 - Cunio, twin brother and sister ; first reduced, imagined, and attempted to be executed in relief with a small knife on blocks of wood, made even and polished by this learned and dear sister...
Page 290 - ... attempted to be executed in relief, with a small knife on blocks of wood, made even and polished by this learned and dear sister ; continued and finished by us together, at Ravenna, from the eight pictures of our invention, painted six times larger than here represented ; engraved, explained by verses, and thus marked upon the paper, to perpetuate the number of them, and to enable us to present them to our relations and friends in testimony of gratitude, friendship, and affection. All this was...
Page 223 - He is the inventor of epic painting, in that sublime circle of the Sistine chapel which exhibits the origin, the progress, and the final dispensations of theocracy. He has personified motion in the groups of the cartoon of Pisa; embodied sentiment on the monuments of St.
Page 207 - Minotaur, which lies stretched at his feet, with the head of a bull and the body of a man.
Page 217 - To a capacity which at once penetrated the principle and real aim of the art, he joined an inequality of fancy that at one moment lent him wings for the pursuit of beauty, and the next flung him on the ground to crawl after deformity : we owe him chiaro-scuro with all its magic, we owe him caricature with all its incongruities.
Page 223 - The fabric of St. Peter's, scattered into infinity of jarring parts by Bramante and his successors, he concentrated ; suspended the cupola, and to the most complex gave the air of the most simple of edifices.
Page 141 - Daughter of Tantalus, Niobe, hear my words which are the messengers of wo ; listen to the piteous tale of our sorrows. Loose the bindings of thy hair, mother of a race of youths who have fallen beneath the deadly arrows of Phoebus. Thy sons no longer live. But what is this ? I see something more. The blood of thy daughters too is streaming around. One lies at her mother's knees ; another in her lap ; a third on the earth ; and one clings to the breast : one gazes stupified at the coming blow, and...

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