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-1665310
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K It may be assumed," said Mr. West, " as 
an unquestionable principle, that the artist who 
has made himself master of the drawing of the 
human iigure, in its moral and physical expres- 
sion, will succeed not only in portrait-painting, 
but in the delineation of animals, and even of 
still life, much better than if he had directed 
his attention to inferior objects. For the 
human figure in that point of consideration, in 
which it becomes a model to art, is more 
beautiful than any other in nature; and is dis- 
tinguished, above every other, by the variety of 
the phenomena which it exhibits, arising from 
the different modifications of feeling and passion. 
In my opinion, it would, therefore, be of in- 
calculable advantage to the public, if the draw- 
ing of the human figure were taught as an 
elementary essential in education. It would do 
more than any other species of oral or written 
instruction, to implant among the youth of the 
noble and opulent classes that correctness of 
taste which 
is 
SO 
ornamental 
to 
their 
rank 
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