Ariadne Florentina

Six Lectures on Wood and Metal Engraving

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Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1872
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,816 / 180 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.6
LoC Categories: N, BH
Downloads: 4,573
Added to site: 2008.11.16
mnybks.net#: 22654
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Art
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A. All engraving must be cut work;--that is its differentia. Unless your effect be produced by cutting into some solid substance, it is not engraving at all.

B. The proper methods for light-and-shade drawing vary according to subject, and the degree of completeness desired,--some of them having much in common with engraving, and others with painting.

C. The qualities of a light-and-shade drawing ought to be entirely different from those of a painting. It is not a deficient or partial representation of a colored scene or picture, but an entirely different reading of either. So that much of what is intelligible in a painting ought to be unintelligible in a light-and-shade study, and vice versâ.

You have thus three arts,--engraving, light-and-shade drawing, and painting.

Now I am not going to lecture, in this course, on painting, nor on light-and-shade drawing, but on engraving only. But I must tell you something about light-and-shade drawing first;

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