Discourses on Art by Sir Joshua Reynolds

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CITATION:

“…The ‘Discourses on Art’ of Sir Joshua Reynolds form one of the most eloquent literary documents in the history of European Art. Composed as lectures to the students at the Royal Academy in the late eighteenth century, they both summarize the art theory of the previous three hundred years and point towards attitude prevalent in the nineteen century. Reynolds’ general topic is the education of the artist. He is concerned with the essentials of the problem: the purpose of Art, the nature of the creative process, and the artist’s relation to tradition. He treats these questions with a breadth and clarity that won the immediate admiration of his contemporaries and have continued to hold the attention of readers ever since. No other body of art criticism by an Englishman has enjoyed such sustained respect…”

Edited by Robert R. Wark, published by Yale University Press, ISBN: 0-300-07327-5, published in 2003 as a copyright.

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