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-1666407
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singularly at variance with the vivacity of his 
look. That vivacity, however, was not the 
result of any peculiar animation of temperament; 
it was rather the illumination of his genius ;"for 
when his features we-re studiously considered, 
they appeared to resemble those which we find 
associated with dignity of character in the best 
of art. 
productions 
As 
artist, 
he will 
stand 
in 
the 
first 
rank. 
His name will 
classed with those of 
be 
Michael 
Angelo and 
in common 
Raphael ; but 
with either. 
he 
As 
possessed little) 
the former has 
been compared to Homer, and the latteri to, 
Virgil, in Shakspeare we shall perhaps End 
the best likeness to the genius of Mr. West. 
He 
undoubtedly 
possessed, 
but 
in 
5 
slight 
degree, that peculiar energy arid physical  ex- 
pression of' character in which Michael Angelo 
excelled, and in a still less that serene sub- 
limity which constitutes the charm of Raphael's 
great productions. But he was their equal 
in the fulness, the perspicuity, and the pro- 
priety of his compositions. In all his great 
works the scene intended to be brought
        

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