Alec Nevala-Lee

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Self portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Enthusiastic admiration seldom promotes knowledge.

Sir Joshua Reynolds, Seven Discourses on Art

Enthusiastic admiration is the first principle of knowledge, and its last…It is evident that Reynolds wished none but fools to be in the arts; and in order to this, he calls all others vague enthusiasts or madmen. What has reasoning to do with the art of painting?

William Blake, in a marginal note in Reynolds’s book

Written by nevalalee

January 26, 2017 at 7:30 am

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