An Essay on Taste by Alexander Gerard

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It leads us to entertain a low, and of confequence ungrateful, opinion of our capacity, this by rendering it impoflible to form one entire The variety of its conception of the object. amufe and us, keep us from atparts may to tempting comprehend the whole and ; $hen, efpecially if it be joined with uniform- D 3 itjr, 38 Of - ity, and PART tie tajle of beauty I. will yield us fome degree of pleafure, conftitute an inferior and imperfect fpe- it of beauty. But ftill proportion is necefthe beauty, and fully grafary for perfecting and improved tafte.

1 1. C 4 lime Of 24 the tajle of lime natural objects, and them (/) features or, j and PART . fuggeft I. ideas of by the exprefiivenefs of the of the figures, lead us attitudes to conceive fublime paffions operating in the And fo complete is the power of originals. affociation, that a fkillful painter can exprefs any degree of fublimity in the fmalleft, as It well as in the largefl compafs. appears in the miniatures of Julio C/ovio, as really as in the paintings of Titian or Michelangelo. THE fublime of thofe inftrument of imitation arts, is in which the muft language, evidently arife entirely from affociation ; as it is the only principle, from which words derive their force (/) It may be and meaning.

Imagination on the inconveniences which muft arife from the unfkill, We fitnefs of the ftructure ; we form ftrong ideas of them, which produce almoft the fame uneafy Of the 42 tafte PART of beatify. eafy fentiments and paflions, as if we I. actually experienced them ; and by this means often obliterate all the pleafing impreflions, which the other qualities of the object might have But when, on examination, the fitnefs of all the parts appears, the fatisfaction, caufed. with which we think on the {kill and ingenuity thus difplayed, communicates itfelf to the effect fo nearly allied to it, fo clofely connected with it by caufation and : we fympa- thetically enter into a ftrong feeling of the delight which muft attend the pofleffion or ufe of what THE is fo well defigned beauty of colours and executed.

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