FORM (n.)

FORM (deu.) · FORMA (ita.) · FORME (fra.) · GESTALTE (nld.) · GUISA (ita.)
FORME (fra.)




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CHAP. XII. Of Mixed and Uncertain Forms.
I. For the drawing the form of any beast, begin with your lead or coal at the forehead, drawing downward the nose, mouth, upper and nether chop, ending your line at the throat ; then viewing it again where you begun, from the forehead, over the head, ears and neck, continuing till you have given the full compass of the buttock, then mark out the legs and feet : [...].
            II. In drawing beasts you must be well acquainted with their shape and action, [...].
            III. In birds begin also the draught at the head, (and beware of making it too big) [...].
            IV. Insects, as flies, bees, [&], are easie to be drawn and not hard to be laid in Colours ; [...].
            V. To draw a flower, begin from the boss, tufft or wart in the middle ; as in a Rose or Marigold, [...].
            VI. To take the natural and lively shape of the leaf of any herb or tree,
            First, take the leaf that you would have, and gently bruise the ribs and veins on the back-side of it ; [...].

Conceptual field(s)

L’ARTISTE → règles et préceptes
CONCEPTS ESTHETIQUES → nature, imitation et vrai


And here I take the Sublime to be the Greatest, and most Beautiful Ideas, whether Corporeal, or not, convey’d to us the most Advantageously.
By Beauty I do not mean that of Form, or Colour, Copy’d from what the Painter sees ; These being never so well Imitated, I take not to be Sublime, because These require little more than an Eye, and Hand, and Practice. An Exalted Idea of Colour in a Humane Face, or Figure might be judg’d to be Sublime, could That be had, and convey’d to Us, as I think it cannot, since even Nature has not yet been Equall’d by the best Colourists ; Here she keeps Art at a Distance whetever Courtship it has made to her.
In Forms ‘tis Otherwise as we find in the Antique Statues, which therefore I allow to have a Sublimity in them : And should do the same in regard to the same Kind, and Degree of Beauty if it were to be found in any Picture, as I believe it is not. Tho’ in Pictures is seen a Grace, and Greatness, whether from the Attitude, or Air of the Whole, or the Head only, that may justly be Esteem’d Sublime.

term translated by FORME in RICHARDSON, Jonathan, Traité de la Peinture, Par Mr. Richardson, le Père, Tomes I. et II. Contenant, Tome I. Un Essai sur la Théorie de la Peinture ; Tome II. Un Essai sur l'art de critiquer, en fait de Peinture ; & un Discours sur la Sience d'un Connoisseur. Traduit de l'Anglois; Revu & Corrigé par l'Auteur., trad. par RUTGERS, Antoine, Amsterdam, Herman Uytwerf, 1728, 2 vol., vol. I., p. 200-202.

Conceptual field(s)

CONCEPTS ESTHETIQUES → merveilleux et sublime