The illustrated exhibitor: a tribute to the world's industrial jubilee — London, 1851

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No. 10.]

AUGUST 9, 1851.

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Snlrtmf # Cnittritata ta tfo SJJnrli'a /air — No. ii.


As a fitting introduction to tlie beautiful group delineated below, we resume our remarks on the sculpture of the
ancients :—The few notices scattered over the writings of the ancients are quite inconclusive as to the common origin
of the art of sculpture; although there seems reason to believe, that, if not at first, it was very early employed in the


service of religion, as it was found necessary to place before the people the images of their gods, in order to enliven the
fervour of their devotions. Religious feeling doubtless had its share in forwarding the progress of the art; for men,
even m his rudest state, always has a belief that good and evil emanate from some superior power ; and, unable to com-
prehend a divine essence or spirit, has, by degrees, been led to offer his addresses to some visible object as its repre-
sentative. This characteristic is found among all peoples and tribes.

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