Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1663670
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subsequently 
directed. 
The 
antient 
sculp- 
tors 
uniformly 
seemed 
to 
consider 
the 
human 
figure 
35 
the chief 
object, 
and sacrificed, 
to give 
it 
effect, 
the 
proportions of 
inferior parts. 
The 
the Monte Cavallo, in the 
author of the group on 
opinion 
of 
West, 
represented 
the 
horse 
size, in 
smaller than the natural 
order to augment 
the grandeur 
of 
the 
man. 
How far 
this notion, 
as the principle of a rule, 
may be sound, 
it would 
be 
unnecessary, 
perhaps 
impertinent, 
to 
inquire 
here ; 
but its justness as applicable 
to 
the 
sculp- 
tures 
of 
aI1tiC]Uity: 
is 
abundantly 
verified 
bY 
the 
bas-reliefs 
brought 
from 
the 
Parthenon 
of 
Athens. 
It 
indeed, 
SO 
admitted 
Feature 
of 
antient 
aft: 
HS 
to 
be 
regarded 
bi 
SOIIIC 
critics, 
HS 
having 
for 
its 
object 
the 
in sculp- 
same effect 
ture, 
which 
is 
attained 
by 
light 
and 
shadow 
in 
painting, 
picture, 
the 
Artist, 
bY 
H 
judi- 
cious obscurity, 
magnitude of 
so veils the 
the car 
in which 
he 
places 
a victor, 
that, 
notwithstand- 
ing 
its 
size, 
it 
may 
not 
apP473'Hr 
the 
principal 
object ; 
but this artifice is denied to the sculptor, 
Who 
is 
necessitated 
the size of 
to diminish 
those 
things which are of least importance, 
in order to 
 Ve 
dignity 
to 
the 
dominant 
Hgures. 
Raphael,
        

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