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De schoonheyd van ’t lichaem bestaet in een sekere Symmetrie die de ghedeelten der lichaems met malckander en met het gheheele hebben, seght Stobeaus Ecolog. Ethic. Cap.5. Een lichaem, het welcke in alle sijne gedeelten schoon is, wordt voor veele schoonder ghehouden, dan de bysondere schoone leden die ’t geheele lichaem door een ordentelicke schickelickheyd opmaecken, seght St Augustinus Lib. III. Dulciloqu. Cap. 26. Want indien ’t eene of ’t andere onser lede-maeten van de rest afghesneden sijnde, alleen by sich selven besichtight wordt, seght Dionys. Longinus {De sublimi orat. 35.}, het en sal gantsch gheene aensienlickheyd hebben; vermids de rechte volmaecktheyd maer alleen in d’over-een-kominge van alle de leden bestaet; wanneerse naemelick door haere onderlinghe ghemeynschap een lichaem gheworden sijnde, met eenen oock daer in door den hand der Harmonie aen alle kanten worden opghesloten.

[Suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] The beauty of the body exists in a certain Symmetry that the parts of the body have with each other and with the whole, says Stobeaus Ecolog. Ethic. Cap. 5. A body, which is beautiful in all its parts, is thought to be much more beautiful, than the separate beautiful parts that form the body by means of an orderly compliancy, says St Augustinus Lib. III. Dulciloqu. Cap. 26. Because if the one or the other of our bodyparts, being cut off from the rest, are looked at on their own, says Dionys. Longinus {…}, it will not have any importance; as the true perfection only exists in the correspondence of all the parts; namely, once they have become a body by means of their mutual resemblance, they are immediately from all sides captured in it by the hand of Harmony.

Junius connects the esthetical concept of beauty (schoonheid) to that of symmetry (symmetrie). He refers to the human body, in which all the different parts should be in harmony (harmonie) with each other. Junius does not refer directly to art in this extract. The citation from St Augustine, where this term occurs, is missing in the English edition. [MO]

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