Note to the reader: Although complete in text and illustrations, this book is not an exact PDF reproduction of A Treastise on the Art of Painting in All its Branches published in English 1817 but an OCR'd version in WORD document format which makes it searchable and far easier to consult than the cumbersome original.
The reader should be aware, however, that even the best OCR program produces literally thousands of misspelled words, wrongly inserted characters when the original PDF document presents, as in the present case, such significant variences in font clarity and horizontal alignment. The author has proof read the text to the best of his ability although such a large document is a serious challenge to those like myself who do not possess professional editing skills. All attempts were made to preserve the formatting and spelling of the original as as closely as possible.
Even though this WORD version may present occasional spelling or puncttuation errors as well as a few jumbled words, de Lairesse’s treastise is of such cultural importance, that despite occasional imperfections, it can be of great help to anyone who wishes to familiarize himself with seventeenth-century painting concepts as well as the cultural mindset of the history painters of the time. De Lairesse’s work constitutes the most complete seventeenth-century painting treatise of its kind.
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A R T O F P A I N T I N G IN ALL ITS BRANCHES
SEVENTY ENGRAVED PLATES
AND EXEMPLIFIED BY
REMARKDS ON THE PAINTINGS OF THE BEST MASTERS,
IULLUSTRATING THE SUBJECT BY REFERENCE TO THEIR BEAUTIES
BY GERARD DE LAIRESSE
REVISED, CORRECTED, AND ACCOMPANIED BY AND ESSAY,
W. M. CRAIG
PAINTER TO HER MAJESTY AND DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK
LONDON PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY EDWARD ORME,
PUBLISER TO HIS MAJESTY AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE REGENT
BOND STREET, CORNER OF BROOK STREET.
PENCILLING, SECOND TINT, AND BEAUTY.
CHAP. I. Of Handling the Pencil 1
CHAP. II. Of Painting after the Life 3
CHAP. III. Of Dead Colouring, and how to perform it
with Certainty and Expedition 5
CHAP. IV. Of the Second Colouring, and its Requisites 6
CHAP. V. Of Retouching, or Finishing ib.
CHAP. VI. Of the Second Tint, and the Relief it occasions 7
CHAP. VII. Of Beauty, and the Proportions of the Members
in the Human Body 11
CHAP. VIII. Of the Motion of the Members 16
CHAP. IX. Of Passionate and Violent Motions 19
CHAP. X. Of the different Colouring of the Naked, in a Child, Man,
and Woman; in Health, Sickness, and after Death 21
CHAP. XI. Of the Colours, and their Uses, with respect to both the Sexes 23
CHAP. XII. Of agreeable and beautiful Colouring 25
BOOK II. OF ORDONNANCE, OR COMPOSITION.
CHAP. I. Of the Qualities necessary to the first Idea, or Sketch 27
CHAP. II. Of` Composition 28
CHAP. III. Of` the Ordonnance of Histories 29
CHAP. IV. Of the Uses of fine Prints, Academy Figures, and Models 31
CHAP. V. Of` Probability; and what is Painter-like in a
Composition of few or many Figures 33
CHAP. VI. Of the Difference between Youth and Age, in both Sexes 38
CHAP. VII. Of the Property and Choice in the Motion
of the Members, in order to express the Passions 41
CHAP. VIII. Of the issue, or result of Thoughts, touching Histories 46
CHAP IX. Remarks on some Mistakes in Historical Compositions 51
CHAP. X. Of Richness and Probability in History 56
CHAP. XI. Of the Ordonnance of Hieroglyphic Figures 61
CHAP. XII. Of the Order, or Succession of the Motions
proceeding from the Passions 64
CHAP. XIII. Of Use and Abuse in Painting 70
CHAP. XIV. Of particular Inclination for one Branch,