Essays on the Picturesque, as Compared with the Sublime and the Beautiful: And, on the Use of Studying Pictures, for the Purpose of Improving Real Landscape, 第 3 卷



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第 210 頁 - To instance in a particular part of a feature: the line that forms the ridge of the nose is beautiful when it is straight; this then is the central form, which is oftener found than either concave, convex, or any other irregular form that shall be proposed.
第 186 頁 - I call beauty a social quality ; for where women and men, and not only they, but when other animals give us a sense of joy and pleasure in beholding them (and there are many that do so), they inspire us with sentiments of tenderness and affection towards their persons...
第 210 頁 - Among the various reasons why we prefer one part of her works to another, the most general, I believe, is habit and custom : custom makes, in a certain sense, white black, and black white ; it is custom alone determines our preference of the colour of the Europeans to the .(Ethiopians, and they, for the same reason, prefer their own colour to ours.
第 319 頁 - ... such objects. To express this in Painting, is to express what is congenial and natural to the mind of man, and what gives him by reflection his own mode of conceiving. The other pre-supposes nicety and research, which are only the business of the curious and attentive, and therefore does not speak to the general sense of the whole species ; in which common, and, as I may so call it, mother tongue, every thing grand and comprehensive must be uttered.
第 186 頁 - ... with respect to beauty in general. Even in treating of the beauty of Nature, his imagination always delights to repose on her softest and most feminine features; or, to use his own language, on " such qualities as induce in us a sense of tenderness and affection, or some other pas"sion the most nearly resembling these.
第 221 頁 - ... estimation with mankind in general, and that is the Venetian, or rather the manner of Titian ; which, simply considered as producing an effect of colours, will certainly eclipse with its splendour whatever is brought into competition with it. But, as I hinted before, if female delicacy and beauty be the principal object of the Painter's aim, the purity and clearness of the tint of Guido will correspond better, and more contribute to produce it than even the glowing tint of Titian.
第 218 頁 - Her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, That one might almost say her body thought.
第 36 頁 - Trees and plants of every kind (confidered as materials for landfcape) mould have room to fpread in various degrees, and in various * directions, and then accident will produce unthought-of varieties and beauties, without injuring the general defign: but if they are allowed to fpread in one direction only, you in a great meafure prevent the operation of accident; and thence the famenefs and heavinefs of the outfides of clumps, and of all clofe plantations.
第 20 頁 - Knight and you are in the habit of admiring fine pictures, and both live amidst bold and picturesque scenery : this may have rendered you insensible^ to the beauty of those milder scenes that have charms for common observers. I will not arraign your taste, or call it vitiated, but your palate certainly requires a degree of "irritation...
第 256 頁 - ... these extremes lies that grateful medium of grateful irritation, which produces the sensation of what, in visible objects, we call picturesque beauty, because painting, by imitating the visible qualities only, discriminates it from the objects of other senses by which it may be combined; and which, if productive of stronger impressions, either of pleasure or disgust, will overpower it : so that a mind not habituated to such discriminations, or a person not possessed of a painter's eye, does not...