Aestheticism in Art by William Hogarth

By William Hogarth

William Hogarth wrote his research of attractiveness in 1753, through the Age of Enlightenment. via this appealing textual content, he has a tendency to outline the idea of good looks in portray and states that it's associated, in step with se, to using the serpentine strains in pictorial compositions. He calls it the road of attractiveness. His essay is therefore devoted to the examine of the composition of work, looking on the right kind use of the pictorial traces, mild, color, and the figure's attitudes. those undying ideas were utilized through numerous artists in the course of the centuries. work from each interval have right here been selected to help this demonstration. they permit us to discover a few of the manners during which good looks should be expressed in portray.

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The Royal Collection, London. (pp. 32-33) 31 32 33 I now offer to the public a short essay in which I will endeavour to show what the principles are in nature by which we are directed to call the forms of some bodies beautiful, others ugly; some graceful, and others the reverse; by considering more minutely than has been done until now the nature of those lines and their different combinations, which serve to raise the ideas of all the variety of forms imaginable in the mind. At first, perhaps, the whole design, as well as the prints, may seem rather intended to trifle and confound, than to entertain and inform; however, I am persuaded that when the examples in nature, referred to in this essay, are duly considered and examined upon the principles laid down in it, it will be thought worthy of careful and attentive perusal.

Take, for example, the shape of the pineapple, which nature has particularly distinguished by bestowing rich Mosaic-like ornaments upon it, composed of contrasted serpentine lines and the pips, as the gardeners call them, which are still varied by two cavities and one round eminence in each. Could a more elegant and simple form than this have been found, it is probable that the judicious architect, Sir Christopher Wren, would not have chosen pineapples for the two terminations of the sides of the front of St Paul’s.

Pp. 32-33) 31 32 33 I now offer to the public a short essay in which I will endeavour to show what the principles are in nature by which we are directed to call the forms of some bodies beautiful, others ugly; some graceful, and others the reverse; by considering more minutely than has been done until now the nature of those lines and their different combinations, which serve to raise the ideas of all the variety of forms imaginable in the mind. At first, perhaps, the whole design, as well as the prints, may seem rather intended to trifle and confound, than to entertain and inform; however, I am persuaded that when the examples in nature, referred to in this essay, are duly considered and examined upon the principles laid down in it, it will be thought worthy of careful and attentive perusal.

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