2 Smalt has the tendency in every process of painting to become darker, abd should therefore be rejected.
3 This maxim is of the first rate importance, and should be fairly fixed in the
Student’s mind. —E.
4 Brown red is synonimous with what is now called Vandke brown. E.
5 If the student, by way of exercise, will try to reduce the historical pictures, which come in his observation, to a supposed ground plan, he will soon enable himself to account in many celebrated performances. E.
6 She is rightly so called, as proceeding, according to Hesiod, from Caeluin the
Heaven, and Vesta the Earth, who appointed her to preside over Righteousness and by Jupiter she was styled the Mother of Civil Sciences.
7 It is a great misfortune to the practice of painting in this country, at present, that each professor confines himself so nearly to a single branch of it, as to be almost a stranger to any object not closely connected with it. E.
8 Sistrum is a musical instrument, generally represented in the hand of Isis; as we see in medals and other antiquities.
9 By this term the author means to describe a person who draws in chalks, or any other process, which gives merely the light and shadow of objects. E.
10 He and his army were defeated at Marathon; and afterwards by Miltiades, general the Athenians.
13 The followers of Bamboccio, a celebrated painter of mean subjects.
14 Venus Urania.
15 The Three Graces.
16 Astrea, or uprightness; sincerity, love,•and all heavenly virtues are understood by her. She was the daughter of one of the Titans and Themis, according to Hesiod: but Ovid calls her, the daughter of Jupiter and Themis. She came from heaven in the golden age, and, when vice and corruption got footing, flew thither again.
17 By him is understood Hell and the Night. Some name him the god of Hell, and say he was married to the Night. Also a hellish river, of which Virgil sings thus, in his Eneids.
18 Counter-love, son of Venus, and younger brother to Cupid. See Suidas, Pausanias, Porphiry, &c.
20 Pythagoras of Samos. He rejected the name of wise, which was given him.
21 Such mistakes are to be found in the works the most celebrated painters, especially of the Venetian school, who considered evidently the efforts of this sublime art as if meant to gratify the senses only.
22 Maccab. Iii.
23 It is highly important for the student to observe, that most of the observations in the preceding parts of this Work treat of painting as intellectual; this part chiefly considers it in its sensual properties. E.
24 The information contained in this paragraph, and is an invaluable treasure for the painter, and cannot be too closely studied. E.
25 It will be recollected that the author was blind when he composed this work. E.
26 The management of light and shadow, merely as a matter of composition, has lately been more studied in this country than any other part of the Art, and has probably been carried further than by any foreign school., E.
27 The author is perfectly correct as to the fact here referred to, though he is mistaken as to the cause. E.
28 The author is here mistaken. If we had no vapour surrounding us, the sky every where would appear black. E.
29 By rubbing the back of it.
30 Leonardo da Vinci, in his Trattato della Pittura, he treated this part of the subject in a way precisely similar to Lairesse.
31 The painter here referred to to apppears to have mistaken a partial eject for a general principle; a mistake very common in our times. E.
32 This important, fundamental principle of the art cannot be too often repeated, nor too strongly imbibed; it would check more than half the daubing by which the present school of is disgraced. E.
33 Macrob. Lib. 4. cap. 19.
34 This ridicule, painted so abley against the affection of picturesque, must produce the most beneficial results in those who read it. E.
35 There is a large collection of them in Langley’s Ancient Masonry.
36 Hyginus, cap 30.
37 De Sublim. Orat. 15.
38 In Lib. 1. Meteorol. Arist.
39 It will be evident that the author of this work was a member of the Church, and has therefore written the preceding remarks under the influence of its particular tenets.. I recommend the student to consult upon these points a most elegant French work, entitled “Erreurs de Peintres.” I have placed a copy of this work in the library of the Royal Institution. E.
40 The place in Athens, where the judges and magistrates sat, and where those who had done any considerable service to the commonwealth were maintained at the public charge.
41 Macrob. Saturn. lib. i. cap. 7.
42 Macrob. l. i. c. 7.
43 A Greek word, signifying an offering of a hundred beasts.
44 Pythiades signifies a certain member of years in the Pythian games.
45 The practices of engraving, with a view to represent the tones of colours, have, within these few years, been carried so much beyond what was done formerly, that these observations may appear almost obsolete.
46 The celebrated relative and general of our unfortunate first Charles.—E.