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Quotes on Art

"When divine Art conceives a form or face,
She bids the craftsman for his first essay
To shape a simple model in mere clay:
This is the earliest birth of Art's embrace"

Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man

“The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has”

“It is well with me when only when I have a chisel in my hand”

"Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop”

"The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone.

“The more the marbles wastes, the more the statue grows.”

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.

"I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint."

Painters are not in any way unsociable through pride, but either because they find few pursuits equal to painting, or in order not to corrupt themselves with the useless conversation of idle people, and debase the intellect from the lofty imaginations in which they are always absorbed.

It is better docration when, in painting, some monstrosity is introduced for variety and a relaxation of the sense and to attract the attention of mortal eyes, which at times desire to see that which they have never seen.

“It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.”