The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 4.1790

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ing to be pafted on it, or, as if it adhered to the perfon
by any attractive power. Indeed in fculpture, this kind
of drapery-is tolerated; becaufe of the exceffive inconve-
nience attending ample and broad foldings, which from
the nature of the materials wrought upon, would feera.
only fo many rocks. Neither can fculpture adequately
reprefent the difference of fluffs, and their various fuper-
ficies ; being hereby confined to what it is capable of
gracefully treating, it delights moil: in beauty of form,
and takes every occafion of introducing the naked. Its
draperies, therefore, are compofed on this principle : and
whenever the naked can be rendered vifible, there it fhall
be 'eprefented. And becaufe even the fineft linen does
not adhere to the naked, the ancient fculptors made ufe
of wet lin that by its more immediate connection with
the members, it might more perfectly exprefs them, and
permit them to glimpfe, as it were, through it. It is
evident, that this idea totally excludes all agitated, and
flying draperies, with which the Cavalier Bernini
was reproached ; and, when we confider, that however
delicately the chiffel may be worked, yet a mafs of marble
mufl remain, its inapplication to fuch obje&s appears
indubitable.

But, in painting the cafe is otherwife ; it admits
a greatnefs, which refults from amplitude of parts,
and of this amplitude the drapery may alfo participate ;
the folds may be large, but not fo extenfive as to weigh
down the figure, or to overload any part of it; or that it
fhould appear (rifled by its drapery.

The folds fhould be fo difpofed, that the eye may with-
out hefitation follow their courfes, and clearly diftinguifh

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