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-1665916
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compbsition are 
every where 
in 
character, 
and 
have 
not 
their 
rivals 
either 
in 
pamtmg 
sculpture. 
His Bacchus 
claims our admiration, 
as being appropriate to the subject, by the same 
excellence in delineation which distinguish the 
groups in the Day of Judgment. No person can 
have a higher veneration than I have for that 
grandeur of character impressed on the figures 
by Michael Angelo; but it is the fitness of the 
characters and of the action to 
which I wish to draw your 
the subject, to 
attention, and 
not to pour out praise on those points, in 
which he and other eminent maste_rs are 
deficient. Dn this occasion, I must there- 
fore 
be 
permitted 
to 
1' epeat, 
that 
most 
of the 
single figures in his great work of the Day of 
Judgment, are deficient in the fitness of appro- 
priate character, and in the fitness of appropriate 
action to the subject; although as single figures 
they demand our admiration. But excellent 
as they are, they are but the ingeniops 
adaptation of legs, arms, and heads, to the 
celebrated Torso, which bears his name, and 
which served as the model to most of his figures. 
All figures in -compositien, however excellent
        

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