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-1665414
104: 
KI As the 
principles," 
fbundation of those philosophical 
said Mr. West, " on which the 
art 
whole power of 
must rest, 
I wish 
to 
direct 
the attention of the student, especially in paint- 
ing and sculpture, to an early study of the 
human figure, with reference to proportion, 
expression, and character. 
" When I speak of painting and sculpture, it 
is not my intention to pass over architecture, as 
if it were less dependent on philosophical 
principles, although what I have chiefly to 
observe with respect to it relates to embellish- 
branch of art 
which 
artists 
are 
too 
apt to regard as not under the controlrof any 
principle, but subject only to their own taste 
and fancy. If the young architect commences- 
his career with this erroneous notion,. he will be 
undone, if there is any just notionsof his art 
in the country._ 
" It is, therefore, necessary, as he derives 
his mcdels from the ancients, that he should 
enquire into the origin of those embellishments 
with which the architects of antiquity decorated
        

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