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On Imitative Art; Its Principles and Progress. with Preliminary Remarks on Beauty, Sublimity, and Taste (Paperback) Loot Price: R388
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On Imitative Art; Its Principles and Progress. with Preliminary Remarks on Beauty, Sublimity, and Taste (Paperback): Thomas...
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On Imitative Art; Its Principles and Progress. with Preliminary Remarks on Beauty, Sublimity, and Taste (Paperback)

Thomas Henry Dyer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 Excerpt: ... to impose upon the vulgar; and thus we find these ivory gods vanishing with the progress of taste, just as the gilding of pictures did in Italy. The earlier Dionysus was stately and venerable, an elderly figure with flowing locks bound together with a mitra, and a magnificent beard descending on his chest. His almost female attire, a long robe falling down to his feet, betokened his eastern origin. The best statue of this type is that in the Vatican (Sala della Biga), if it be really Dionysus, for it is inscribed with the name of Sardanapallos. This can hardly be the name of the artist, for none such is known, nor is it a Greek form. Some have taken it to represent the last of the Assyrian kings; but Winckelmann objects that Sardanapalus shaved every day. He thinks, however, it may have been a former king of that name; but where he finds him does not appear.1 Though stricken in years, the 1 "Storia," &c., lib. iv., 6, 20. 192 THE YOUTHFUL DIONYSUS. expression of the countenance is gleeful. There are two or three busts of the bearded Dionysus in the Neapolitan Museum, and some in the Louvre. The head was often repeated in masks down to a late period. In a pediment of Apollo's temple at Delphi was a statue of Dionysus accompanied by the Thyiades, whose mother, Thyia, was thought to have first celebrated bacchanal orgies on Mount Parnassus.1 The statues were executed by the Athenians Praxias and Androsthenes, younger contemporaries of Pheidias. Whether Dionysus was there sculptured in youthful and naked form depends on the question whether the statue in the Louvre (No. 216) be the original from Delphi. It is somewhat colossal, of Pentelic marble, and the unfinished state of the hair and back shows that it stood in a pediment. The nose, the arms, ...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: March 2010
Authors: Thomas Henry Dyer
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 120
ISBN-13: 978-1-150-95416-0
Barcode: 9781150954160
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LSN: 1-150-95416-7

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