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Al wat nae 't verdachte wordt ghemaeckt, is schoon. Wat daer en teghen nae 't ghene van de Nature voordt ghebracht is gemaeckt wordt, is niet schoon. Want wanneer yemant yet nae 't verdachte maeckt, soo moet hy noodtsaeckelick een van beyde doen; ofte hy druckt het verdachte voorbeeldt wel ende bequaemelicke uyt, ofte niet, indien hy 't wel afbeeldt soo sal 't uyt ghedruckte beeldt schoon wesen; aenghesien d'eerste en meeste schoonheydt in 't verdacht voorbeeldt te vinden is. Indien hy daer en teghen 't verdachte voorbeeldt niet wel uyt en druckt; soo en is sijn maecksel nae 't verdachte niet ghewrocht, maer 't valt in 't teghendeel verder af van de volcomen schoonheydt deses voorbeeldts. 't Is dan blijckelick dat die ghene de welcke yet maeckt nae 't gheene van de nature voordt ghebracht is, het selvichge niet recht schoon maecken can: overmidts 't ghene hy sich voorstelt vol ghebreckelickheydts is, en dat d' eerste en meeste schoonheydt daer niet in te vinden is; soo dat oock 't ghene daer nae ghemaeckt wordt, noch al meer van de rechte schoonheydt af dwaelen moet.

[Suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] All that is produced after the thought, is beautiful. That which on the other hand is produced and made by Nature, is not beautiful. Because when someone makes something after the thought, he necessary has to do one of both [NDR: i.e. make a choice]: or he expresses the thought example well and capably, or not, if he does depict it well, then the expressed image will be beautiful; seen that the first and most beauty is to be found in the thought example. If by contrast he does not express the thought example well; then his fabrication after the thought is not worked, but to the contrary it diverges further from the complete beauty of the example. It is then clear that he who makes something after that which has been produced by nature, cannot really make it beautiful: as that which he imagines himself is full of imperfection, and that the first and most beauty cannot be found in there; thus also that which is made after it, necessarily diverges somewhat more from straight beauty.

The term ‘verdachte’, used as a noun as well as an adjective (in combination with ‘voorbeeld’) in this extract, is closely related to Junius’ ideas on how an image of beauty comes into existence. [MO]

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CONCEPTS ESTHETIQUES → génie, esprit, imagination