The Friends of that day did not think that pictures were useful things to make or to have.
Nay, with these forms of art it is not even conceivable, unless, indeed, the interest be of an entirely personal character, and confined to one or two spectators; as, for example, where a picture is a portrait of some one whom we love or hate; the building, my house or my prison; the music, my wedding dance, or the tune to which I marched to the war.
In his sight, the poor picture was a more perfect work of art than any of Sir Joshua's baby-beauties, or Raphael's Madonnas, and the little story needed no better sequel than the young father's praises of his twins, the covert kiss he gave their mother when he turned as if to get a clearer light upon the face.
He remarks that the pictures of these animals common in China, were not at all good likenesses. (
The only pictures I like are pretty ones."
Pictures were the first step towards the art of writing.
Then by farther using various subordinate contrivances, calculated to aid and heighten the effects, even shrewd judges have been led to suppose the small pictures behind the glasses to be very large pictures, while all others have let their eyes dwell upon them with admiration, as magical realizations of the natural scenes and objects.
That night Edgar dreamed that Flora, who had been buried a few weeks, and of whose image his picture was the exact resemblance, stood before him, pleading him to have pity on her lonely mother: he dreamed her hand clasped his, and he awoke trembling.
These pictures were dreams made real.
I find the picture is becoming the subject of conversation, and every day gives me greater encouragement.
"The picture which I have finished is 'The Death of Hercules'; the size is eight feet by six feet six inches.
Ghirlandaio's picture, which is the neighbour of Gentile's, is as a whole nearer life and one of his most attractive works.
But no doubt to many persons the most enchaining picture here is the Medusa's head, which used to be called a Leonardo and quite satisfied Ruskin of its genuineness, but is now attributed to the Flemish school.
Desiring to behave becomingly and also to make a figure in dialogue, he is only like the bad artist whose picture is a failure.
The completed picture was a great success, I'm told."
In the ruins of Palmyra I could gird myself up to solitude, or muse to the snorings of the Seven Sleepers; but to have a little teasing image of a town about one, country folks that do not look like country folks, shops two yards square, half-a-dozen apples and two penn'orth of over-looked gingerbread for the lofty fruiterers of Oxford Street, and for the immortal book and print stalls a circulating library that stands still, where the show-picture is a last year's Valentine, and whither the fame of the last ten Scotch novels has not yet travelled (marry, they just begin to be conscious of the "Redgauntlet"), to have a new plastered flat church, and to be wishing that it was but a cathedral!
Pictures by older artists, with all the appearances of having been painted by children of this unripe age, are, of course, no novelty.
The picture is history in showing what actually happened and it is pathetic history in recalling how great were the hopes that came to the coloured people from the success of the North and from the certainty of the end of slavery.
When the artist found Conrad Lagrange and told him that the picture was finished, the novelist, without comment, turned his attention to Czar.
True art has no pleasure in sin and suffering, in torture, horror, and death; but on its palette must lie the sober colorings of human life, and so to-day the most popular picture of the world is the "Angelus" of Millet.
This exquisite picture of rural life is not merely a piece of fine painting; but the deepest problems, the largest human interests, ever appear as a perpetual background of spiritual reality, giving a sublimity to the whole that truly dignifies it.
To take an extreme case, suppose the picture is a rude pencil drawing of a post, and nothing besides.
They are not just paint.... Hasn't anyone told you--don't you know--that it wouldn't hurt you at all to do the others--if your real pictures were just paint?
I am a 'visualiser,' and the picture in my case was a blurred triangular outline.
These pictures are a series of twenty-four subjects from the life of S. Benedict.
His most interesting picture at Siena is the "Stigmatisation of S. Catherine," famous for its mastery of graduated whites.
The picture is a large landscape, Jacob and Rachel meet and salute each other with a kiss.
Next to the Madonna of the Uffizzi, Botticelli's loveliest religious picture to my mind is the "Nativity" belonging to Mr. Fuller Maitland.
His picture is the epitome of government conducted by a sovereign people.
A picture of cheerful and contented old age has never been more briefly and beautifully drawn, than in the following lines, which he sent me, in answer to my desire to possess one of his poems in his own hand: STANZAS.
Fra Bartolommeo, the disciple of Savonarola, painted a Sebastian in the cloister of S. Marco, where it remained until the Dominican confessors became aware, through the avowals of female penitents, that this picture was a stumbling-block and snare to souls.
I cannot understand how this wonderful picture should have been private property so long.
This picture is a great addition to our portraits of Mr. Lincoln.
This picture was a surprise and pleasure to me.
His pictures of the shepherd boy of the Albruzzi, and the brown maidens of the Campagna are fine illustrations of this class, and the fidelity with which he copies nature, is an earnest of his future success.
The only blemish in the sublime perfection of the picture is the introduction of the two small figures on the left hand; who, by-the-bye, were Cardinals, inserted there by command.
For, as he had listened to Brigham's last words, the picture of his vision in the desert had come back,--the cross in the sky, the crucified Saviour upon it, the head in death-agony fallen over upon the shoulder.
Let them look to Italy, where a picture by Raphael or Correggio is a rich legacy for a whole city.
I did not and could not put it on the same plane as the "Llanthony Abbey," but the straight thrust for the truth was evidently the shortest way to a certain excellence, and this of the kind most akin to my own faculties, and I said to Delf, who was with me at the exhibition of the Academy, that if ever English figure painting rose out of mediocrity it would be through the work of the P.R.B. My impression is that the picture was the "Christ in the Carpenter's Shop," but of this I cannot be sure, though I am certain that it was in the exhibition of 1850.
But to see Turner's pictures was always the chief motive, and was the one which decided me to go.
Yet, though this picture is a miracle of art, the first glance filled me with disappointment.
The picture on page 32 was, I believe, drawn by Charles rile he was at Rugby in illustration of a letter received from one of his sisters.
How charming a picture is this of two shy British publicists maintaining towards one another, against every possible discouragement, an inviolable silence.
Or, if a French or English picture were preferred, INGRES' "La Source," from the Louvre, or LEIGHTON'S "Bath of Psyche" from the National Gallery, could be used with the same touching legend.
A picture wanting this may have fine parts, but is not a Composition, which implies parts united to each other, and also suited to some specific purpose, otherwise they cannot be known as united.
The picture before us is an admirable specimen of Vandyke's powers.
The pictures being in good frames, which cost Hogarth four guineas a piece, his remuneration for painting this valuable series was but a few shillings more than one hundred pounds.
"Of course not; the picture was a fake, made from a genuine one of Alice and a lady, perhaps her mother.
The whole picture was one blaze of light; and instead of the full depth of shadow, there now were only the colors left remaining, which, from the skill with which they had been selected, produced a gentle softening of tone.
returned his Royal Highness; "give her immediate relief: what is your mistress but a soldier's wife?"--An interesting picture, although we do not think the likeness of the benevolent Duke is very striking.