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

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GOTHIC may be generally underftood in much the
fame fenfe as barbarous ; though in fact it was
ihetafte of certain northern nations, whofe ravages and
defolations of the fine arts in Italy, &c. are well known.
As moll of our old churches, &c. are gothic, there is no
need to particularize this manner : which however in-
ferior to the elegance of the antique, has yet, in its
beft examples, great richnefs and folcmnity.

GRACE is a certain characterise quality, which
renders objects agreeable and delighting to the fpec-
tator.

A figure may be well drawn, yet not be graceful;
or well coloured, yet pofTefs no grace; may even be
beautiful, yet not graceful.—Whence then is grace?

This fubject may be treated negatively and pofitively.
The firfl is fo clear to general understanding, that lit-
tle difference of opinion is maintained on it. What-
ever is not accurate, or in character, or well placed,
or interefting, is not graceful : whatever fhocks the
feelings of the fpectator, or is repugnant to humanity,
or to civility and politenefs, to decorum of manners,
and elegance of fentiment, is not graceful.

Is the converfe of this grace ? Grace is characteristic :
there is grace peculiar to youth, to maturity, to age.
Grace is a happy treatment of beauty infpiring elegant
ideas. Its fource mull be fought for in the mind.

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