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-1665802
how warm 
soever 
in 
his 
attachment 
to taste 
and 
elegance, 
that 
the 
Extent 
of 
fessional 
talents 
a country, 
spread through 
can 
be effectually sustained-with adequate encourage- 
ments. 
It 
Whd are 
is the Wealthy and the great, 
commonly 
trained 
bY 
their 
situations 
to 
the 
perception of what is elegant and refined, that 
must come f'0i'wa1'd in such an illustrious under- 
taking. It is only they who can meet every 
where the merit, let it be disseminated Mas it 
mey, which is entitled to distinction. Without 
the patronage of such, the arts could never have 
obtained their high meridian in Greece and 
Italy. Had not the 
individuals in Greece 
communities and rich 
taken the arts under 
their 
protection, 
not 
all 
the 
encouragement of 
Pericles, 
Great, 
or of Alexander the 
could have 
drawn forth that immense body of fainting 
and 
sculpture which filled the country. Had the 
patronage of Italy rested with the popes and 
princes, unaccompanied by those muniiicent sup- 
ports which flowed from the churches and con- 
vents, as well as from private individuals of rank 
and Wealth, 
the 
galleries of that 
country could 
never 
have been 
so superbly filled as they Were,
        

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