Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1843
Language: English
Wordcount: 90,653 / 270 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 425
Added to site: 2008.04.28
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Periodical
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the Homeric Jupiter the characteristic of majesty, inclination of the head. This hinted to him a higher elevation of the neck behind, a bolder protrusion of the front, and the increased perpendicular of the profile. To this conception Parrhasius fixed a maximum; that point from which descends the ultimate line of celestial beauty, the angle within which moves what is inferior, beyond which what is portentous. From the head conclude to the proportions of the neck, the limbs, the extremities; from the Father to the race of gods; all, the sons of one, Zeus; derived from one source of tradition, Homer; formed by one artist, Phidias; on him measured and decided by Parrhasius. In the simplicity of this principle, adhered to by the succeeding periods, lies the uninterrupted progress and the unattainable superiority of Grecian art."

In speaking of Timanthes as the competitor with Parrhasius, as one who brought into the art more play of the mind and passions, the lecturer takes occasion to discuss the

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