The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 3.1789

Page: 126
DOI Page: Citation link:
License: Public Domain Mark Use / Order
1 cm
C 126 ]
each other, and to render themselves conspicu-
ous by superior abilities.
I wish I was not obliged to add as another
occasion of improvement, that superstition has
greatly contributed to the asiistance of Art:
while men entertained the idea os paying to
the Deity superior honours by expensive devo-
tions, it is not wonderful they should endea-
vour to propitiate him by extravagant struc-
tures. These, moreover, became the boast of
city again st city, and country againft country;
thereby involving national honour as well as
local superstition.
The first temples v/ere like the first dwel-
lings, simple in their construdtion, and small in
their dimensions: the supposed habitation of
a God, or a Goddess, disfered little from the
real habitation of the votary. Perhaps a sim-
ple cabin; or is a small inclosure surrounded
it, it was deemed susficient to indicate its con-
secration, and to prevent intrusion. After-
wards, when the support of an cfficiator was
deemed honourable to the Divinity, the tem-
ple mull be augmented to accommodate the
residents; and strange indeed would it be, if
the residents in one temple did not wish to
honour their tutelary Deity with more costiy
osferings, in more sumptuous struclures, and
loading ...