"A portrait is not an identificative paper but rather the curve of an emotion" -James Joyce


"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness of proportion"

"The sublime cannot be taught, and didactics are thus powerless in this respect; the sublime is not linked to rules that can be determined through poetics; the sublime only requires that the reader or listener have conceptual range, taste, and the ability to sense what everyone senses first."

"We glimpse in the beautiful object at a level of perfection that eludes us internally."

"The sublime may be described in this way: It is an object (of nature) the representation of which determines the mind to regard the elevation of nature beyond our reach as equivalent to a presentation of ideas"

"Sensible illusion artificially combined with ideas" -on painting

"Painting is for the delectation of the eye."

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