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Strona 264 - ... represent his history, is afterwards debarred the taking advantage from any other action than what is immediately present, and belonging to that single instant he describes. For if he passes the present only for a moment, he may as well pass it for many years. And by this reckoning he may with as good right repeat the same figure several times over, and in one and the same picture represent Hercules in his cradle, struggling with the serpents; and the same Hercules of full age, fighting with...
Strona 215 - I confess,' he wrote to Mendelssohn after one of his gaming evenings, ' that hitherto I have been anything but happy. I must, however, confess this, because it is the sole reason why I have not written to you for so long a time. I have written to you from here only once, have I not ? You may therefore boldly wager that I have only once rightly come to myself. No ! I could not have foreseen that. Ah, my best friend, your Lessing is lost ! By and by you will no more know him ; he will not know himself....
Strona 264 - The subjects of poetry, to which the genius of painting is not adapted, are, all actions, whose whole is of so lengthened a duration, m that no point of time, in any part of that whole, can be given fit for painting...
Strona 181 - ... imitations of the French and to come to the rescue of the old German plays. In his memorable seventeenth Literaturbrief, published in 1759, Lessing argued that the spirit of the English drama, rather than the French, was best adapted to the German people. ' In our tragedies,' he insists, ' we want to see and think more than the timid French tragedy gives us to see and to think. The grand, the terrible, the melancholy, works better upon us than the nice, the delicate, the love-lorn.
Strona 264 - Tis evident that every Master in Painting, when he has made choice of the determinate Date or Point of Time, according to which he wou'd represent his History, is afterwards debar'd the taking advantage from any other Action than what is immediately present...
Strona 277 - ... he wishes to paint us the bow of Pandarus ; a bow of horn, of such and such a length, well polished, and tipped with gold at either end. What does he ? Enumerate all these dry details one after the other ? Not at all : that might be called a specification or description of such a bow, but could never be called painting it.
Strona 302 - Laokoon, which transported us from the regions of scanty observation into the free realm of thought. The phrase, so long misunderstood, "ut pictura poesis," was at once set aside, the difference between art and poetry made clear; the peaks of both appeared separated however near each other might be their bases. The former had to confine itself...
Strona 264 - The Painter's art is more confined, and has nothing that corresponds with, or perhaps is equivalent to, this power and advantage of leading the mind on, till attention is totally engaged. What is done by Painting, must be done at one blow ; curiosity has received at once all the satisfaction it can ever have.
Strona 181 - Shakspere's works would have appealed much more to the people than those of Corneille and Racine possibly could; and secondly, the former would have aroused quite different minds among us from those whom the latter have awakened. For genius can be kindled only by genius; especially by a genius which seems to owe everything to nature, and which does not frighten us away by the laborious perfections of art. Even if we apply the standard of the ancients...
Strona 264 - ... describes: for if he passes the present only for a moment, he may as well pass it for many years; and by this reckoning he may with as good right repeat the same Figure several times over, and in one and the same Picture represent HERCULES in his Cradle struggling with the Serpents, and the same HERCULES of full Age fighting with the Hydra, with Anteus, and with Cerberus: which wou'd prove a mere confus'd Heap, or knot of Pieces, and not a single intire Piece, or Tablature of the Historical kind.