Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 / The analysis of beauty : written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste
Chap. IV: of simplicity, or distinctness, pp. 21-23
ANALYSISof BEAU TY. 23 The oval alfo, on account of its variety with fimpli- city, is as much to be, prefer'd to the circle, as the triangle to the fquare, or the pyramid to the cube; and this figure leffen'd at one end, like the egg, thereby being imore varied, is. fngled out by the author of all variety, to bound ithe features of a bea'utiful face. When the oval has a little more of the cone added to it than the egg has, it becomes more difindly a compound of thofe two moft fimple varied figures. This is the fhape of the pine-apple t, which nature hats Fig. particularly diffinguiih'd by beftowing ornaments of T p rich mofaic upon it, compofed of contrafted ferpefntine line, and the pips +:, as: the gardiners call them, are fill , Fig. I. varied by two caVities and one round eminence in each. Tp Could a more elegant fimple form than this have been found ; it is probable that judicious archited, Sit Chriflopher Wren, would not have chofen the pine- apples for the two terminations of the fides of the front of St. Paul's: and perhaps the glbe and ctofs, tho' a finely varied ligure, which terminates the dome, would not have had the preference of fituation, if a religious Tmotive had not been the ooccafion. Thus we fee fimplicity gives beauty even to vafiety, as it makes it more eafily underflood, and fhoruld be ever fludied in the works of art, as it ferveg to prevent pet- plexity in forms of elegance; as will be fhewn in the next chapter. CHAP.
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