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

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his happieft works, and giving full fcope to his genius,
ihews of what it is capable.

As life declines, the manner of an artift declines with
it, and he Aides into a third manner, lefs vigorous, lefs
bold, lefs decided, than his beft. His works now are
rather the refult of former habit, than of prefent energy ;
rather the remaining vibrations of a ftring, than har-
monious tone ; and this more or lefs, according to the
temperament or fituation of an artift, and the nature of
his works.

It is not more difficult to a well informed judge to dif-
tinguifh the manner of a mafter, than to know the hand
writing of any one ; and if two men do not form exactly
alike their A's and B's, no wonder they differ in repre-
fenting a hand, a head, or a figure. This is to be under-
ftood of natural and regular manners; not of imitations
and forgeries.

Manners, as fpoken of the Antique, Gothic, Chinefe,
&c. is eafily underftood, as relating to the mode of
workmanfhip peculiar to fuch inftances.

Manners are faid to be ftrong, weak, dry, heavy,

Mannerist is explained above.

MASQUE, is the reprefentation of the face only
feparate from the head, &c. it is ufed frequently in fculp-
ture, for key ftones, he. over doors and arches: When
it reprefents an animal, it is termed a Muffle.

MASSES are thofe larger divifions of a compofition,
whereon depends the effecl: of the whole ; they are ag-
gregates, or collections of parts, and ought to be varied
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