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Monthly Magazine (Newspaper) - May 1, 1804, London, Middlesex .......THE . MONTHLY MAGAZINE No. 114.] Mat 1, 1804. [No. 4, of Vol. 17. ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS, For the Monthly Magazine. and wrinkle is exactly delineated ; but, On tbe comparative VAhpE of tbe different after all, nothing is produced except a BRppucTiONs.o/"./4(? F(NE arts. l.kenefs of realities which every wheie GIBBQN, relating} in his 14th chap, meet our eyes. Now, what is the naked ter, the evepts pf the JSmperor Ju- -Grecian (lame to which Gibbon alludes, Han's expedition into Perfia, defcribes, but, for the mod part, an imitation of this withhis ufual force of painting, the entire kind? I know I ftall be told of Apclloa deftruCtion of �? ihree-ftately palaces, labc- and Venufcs which furpafs in grace and rioufly enriched with., every production beauty all ideas of the human form that that could gratify the luxury and pride of can be derived fio'm the observation of an eaftern monarch.'' After which he real nature. Bur, hot to fuggeft that fu-Tflakes the reflection, that thefe wanton per-human figures are in fqrrie fttile a-kin ravages need not excite in our breafts any to monHefs-what are the gladiators,.ath-. vehement emotions of .pity or refen.tinent. letes, dancers, liflening-flaves,. &c. whicrj " A (inglenaked ftatue,(I'3ys he,) finifti- are the admired productions of Grecian ed by the hand of \a Grecian artift, is of art, but forms of common life transftrred more genuine value than all thefe rude and to marble? Exquifiie Ikill, indeed,1 is coftly monuments of barbaric labour." difpjayed' in theft " imitations ; but the I reperufed this paffage juft after view- ftijl of the artiit is the only impreDinn ing,' with great delight, Mr.- Daniell's which they convey to the mnd above ihe exquifite. Views' of th,eremains of ancient fame figures in flefli and blood, It'is a Edifices in Hindoftajn j and it led me. to great miftake to fuppofe that the tafte'of confider,with,fome attention, the-foimda- Greece'itfelf was fd firhpleand cbaftifed as tion of Mr. ^jbbon's ftntiment, as-far to be content wit fi fuch performances.^ as it related,to' the com pari fon of different When its art'/fls meiht'tb elevate" and vrorksof art. ' It.appeared tome,.th?t,the aftonifli,' they''(Sid not confine ih'emfelyes purpofes of thole arts, which have riot mew to common "materials and every/day mijV utility for their object, -might be claffed "dels." The mo'ftcelebrated woikV'o/tjieir - under the two heads of imitation and ere- great fculptors,' which/were confecrated't'6 athh ; and that the true rnode ofeftimat- religibn,"and intended to inipire1'tHe''Tubing the respective value of productions in limeft eniotior/s, were of cbloffardimen-the two clafles, was, to examine the nature fions, and richly, decorated with gold 'arid of the ideas acquired by the mind on the ivory. View of each. Simple imitation, if.txe- In the eftimate of art we may therefore cuted in a perfect manner, excites, .in the allow' a-eatt'en'the � prtcedenie. over' imita- .ftrft place, ,a: fenCe of admiration of the tion. Beiides the novelty that always ac-. fkill'of the art jit, which is dpubtjefs a companies attempts to create, an unlimit- pleafing emotiqn, and,comiect?d with en- ed fcope is afforded/or all the beauty and hrged ideas of the human powers.-. But grandeur that the mind is capable of cori- -the effect of an imitatiqn.muftfinaHy.de- ceiving." I prefume, that Mr. Gibbon pend upon.the thing imitated j and if (hat could fcarcely have hefitated to place a ,be either, void qf jntrinjic.beauty or gran- Grecian temple higher in the fcale'than a .deur, or fuch as is rendered indifferent :to Grecian ftatue. What the architecture of us through frequent occurrence, it cannoj the palaces of King Sapor was, he knew be faid. that the mind has made any cor.fi- as littleas'myfelf; and his epithet of bar- .derable acquifition by cqntemplating.it. baric is no more than claffical cant. But The Dutch i'chool of painting abounds if they bcre any re.'emblance to that ftyle with objects ftf this kind. W.e are ftruck of orien'al building, of which Mr. Daniell with the accuracy with whicrna carpet, or . has given usfpecimeiis of fuch remote an- a piece of houfehold-fu.rniture, is .repre- riquity, neither greatnefs of defign, nor Tented, and wonder at the ikill and labour fanciful yaiiety of ornament, could be bellowed on ahead, in which every hair wanting to them. And, I prefume, few MaNTHLY-jM/e^Nq. .114... T.t curious
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