Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 / The analysis of beauty : written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste
Preface, pp. [iii]-xxii
P R E FA C E. fupp0rted by the above precept of Michael Angeloi which was firft pointed out to me by Dr. Kennedy, a learned antiquarian and connoiffeur, of whom I after- wards purchafed the tranflation, from which I have taken feveral paffages to my purpofe. Let us now endeavour to difcover what light anti- quity throws upon the fubjed in queftion. Egypt firft, and afterward Greece, have manifeiled by their works their great fkill in arts and fciences, and among the reft painting, and, fculpture, all which are thought to have iflhed from their great fchools of phi- lofophy. Pythagoras, Socrates, and Ariflotle, feemn to have pointed out the right road in nature for tihe Rludy of the painters and fculptors of thofe times. (which they in all probability afterwards followed through thofe nicer paths that their particular profeflions required them to purfue) as may be reafonably colle&ed from the anfwers given by Socrates to Ariftippus his difciple, and Parrhafius the painter, concerning FITNESS, the firtti fundamental law in nature with regard to beauty. I am in fome meafure faved the trouble of colledting an hiftorical account of thefe arts among the ancients, by accidentally meeting with a preface to a trad, call'd the Beau Ideal: this treatife * was written by Lambert Hermanfon Ten, Kate, in French, and tranflated into Englifh by James Chriftopher le Blon; who in that preface fays, fpeaking of the Author, " His fuperior I know- Publifh'd in 1732, and fold by A Millar.
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