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Sir Joshua Reynolds
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"Our late ingenious academician, Wilson, has, I fear, been guilty, like many of his predecessors, of introducing gods and goddesses, ideal beings, into scenery which were by no means prepared to receive such personages. His landscapes were in reality too near common nature to admit supernatural objects. In consequence of this mistake, in a very admirable picture of a storm, which I have seen of his hand, many figures are introduced in the foreground, some in apparent distress, and some struck dead, as a spectator would naturally suppose, by the lightning; had not the painter injudiciously (as I think) rather chosen that their death should be imputed to a little Apollo, who appears in the sky, with his bent bow, and that those figures should be considered as the children of Niobe. To manage a subject of this kind, a peculiar style of art is required; and it can only be done without impropriety, or even without ridicule, when we adapt the character of the landscape, and that too, in all its parts, to the historical or poetical representation. This is a very difficult adventure and it requires a mind thrown back two thousand years and, as it were, naturalised in antiquity, like that of Nicolo Poussin, to achieve itů"
- Discourses, 14

"A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts."
 
"I would rather be an apothecary than an ordinary painter, but if I could be bound to an eminent master, I would choose the latter."
 
"I have every year hoped to paint better."
 
"The real character of a man is found out by his amusements."
 
"Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing. "
 
"Our late ingenious academician, Wilson, has, I fear, been guilty, like many of his predecessors, of introducing gods and goddesses, ideal beings, into scenery which were by no means prepared to receive such personages. His landscapes were in reality too near common nature to admit supernatural objects. In consequence of this mistake, in a very admirable picture of a storm, which I have seen of his hand, many figures are introduced in the foreground, some in apparent distress, and some struck dead, as a spectator would naturally suppose, by the lightning; had not the painter injudiciously (as I think) rather chosen that their death should be imputed to a little Apollo, who appears in the sky, with his bent bow, and that those figures should be considered as the children of Niobe. To manage a subject of this kind, a peculiar style of art is required; and it can only be done without impropriety, or even without ridicule, when we adapt the character of the landscape, and that too, in all its parts, to the historical or poetical representation. This is a very difficult adventure and it requires a mind thrown back two thousand years and, as it were, naturalised in antiquity, like that of Nicolo Poussin, to achieve itů"
- Discourses, 14
 
"...after that first school (that of Giotto) came others which advanced a little more, like Masolino and Masaccio who, in the movement he gave to garments, resembled the style of Raphael though preceeding him almost by a century."
- 1784
 
"Labour is the only price of solid fame."
 
"Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers."
 
"He who resolves never to ransack any mind but his own, will be soon reduced, from mere barrenness, to the poorest of all imitations; he will be obliged to imitate himself, and to repeat what he has before often repeated."
 
"Nothing comes from nothing-invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory."
 
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