A Description of the Collection of Ancient Marbles in the British Museum: With Engravings...

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الصفحة ii - But if it be true, as we learn from history and experience, that free governments afford a soil most suitable to the production of native talent, to the maturing of the powers of the human mind, and to the growth of every species of excellence, by opening to merit the prospect of reward and distinction, no country can be better adapted than our own to afford an honourable asylum to these monuments of the school of Phidias and of the administration of Pericle,s...
الصفحة 35 - Your committee cannot dismiss this interesting subject, without submitting to the attentive reflection of the house, how highly the cultivation of the fine arts has contributed to the reputation, character, and dignity of every government by which they have been encouraged, and how intimately they are connected with the advancement of every thing valuable in science, literature, and philosophy. In contemplating the importance and...
الصفحة 8 - In the Parthenon, whether viewed at a small or at a great distance, there was nothing to divert the spectator's contemplation from the simplicity and majesty of mass and outline, which forms the first and most remarkable object of admiration in a Greek temple...
الصفحة ii - ... of the powers of the human mind, and to the growth of every species of excellence, by opening to merit the prospect of reward and distinction, no country can be better adapted than our own to afford an honourable asylum to these monuments of the school of Phidias and of the administration of Pericles; where secure from further injury and degradation, they may receive that admiration and homage to which they are entitled, and serve in return as models and examples to those, who by knowing how...
الصفحة i - Marbles, in dismissing the subject of their deliberation, submitted to the attentive consideration of the House how highly the cultivation of the Fine Arts had contributed to the reputation, character and dignity of every Government by which they had been encouraged, and how intimately they were connected with the advancement of everything valuable in science, literature or art.
الصفحة 34 - Every thing here breathes life, with a veracity, with an exquisite knowledge of art, but without the least ostentation or parade of it, which is concealed by consummate and masterly skill.
الصفحة 32 - The testimony of several of the most eminent artists in this kingdom, who have been examined, rates these marbles in the very first class of ancient art, some placing them a little above, and others but very little below the Apollo Belvidere, the Laocoon, and the Torso of the Belvidere.
الصفحة 29 - ... feet. It is not known of what order were the interior columns of either chamber. Those of the western having been thirty-six feet in height, their proportion must have been nearly the same as that of the Ionic columns of the vestibule of the...
الصفحة 66 - Centaur, is one of the finest productions of the art ; as well as the groupe adjoining to it, of Hippodamia, the bride, carried off by the Centaur Eurytion ; the furious style of whose galloping, in order to secure his prize, and his shrinking from the spear that has been hurled after him, are expressed with prodigious animation. They are all in such high relief, as to seem groups of statues ; and they are in general finished with as much attention behind as before. They were originally continued...
الصفحة 9 - ... the other horses, receding from the front, appeared to be already immersed in the ocean. Wheler and Spon, who supposed the sculptures of the eastern pediment to represent the contest between Neptune and Minerva, fancied this fragment to have been the head of a sea-horse. It is, as Visconti remarks, of the finest possible workmanship, and its surface has been very little injured. We observe in it that admirable expression of life which great artists only are capable of bestowing on their imitations...

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