An excerpt from the beginnin of CHAPTER I - THE FEELING FOR BEAUTY: SOME of you, I expect, collect photographs of pictures in connection with your history studies. These portraits of the principal characters and pictures, illustrating great events, places, costumes, and modes of living of the period, add greatly to the interest of your reading. They bring the past time vividly before your eyes. But it is not this view of pictures that we are going to talk about in the present book. I shall have very little to say about ...
An excerpt from the beginnin of CHAPTER I - THE FEELING FOR BEAUTY: SOME of you, I expect, collect photographs of pictures in connection with your history studies. These portraits of the principal characters and pictures, illustrating great events, places, costumes, and modes of living of the period, add greatly to the interest of your reading. They bring the past time vividly before your eyes. But it is not this view of pictures that we are going to talk about in the present book. I shall have very little to say about the subjects of pictures - partly because you can find out for yourselves what subjects interest you; but mostly, because the subject of a picture has so very little to do with its beauty as a work of art. For it is this view of a picture, as being a work of art, that I shall try to keep before you. I remember seeing the photograph of a picture hanging in a place of honor on the wall of a girl's room; and I asked her why she had chosen this particular one out of many that she had. You see that, in order to help anyone, you have to try to get into their minds, and find out how their minds are working; and as much of my work is with girls and boys, I try to get from them hints as to the best way of helping them. Well, this girl, let me tell you, hubbled over with life and fun, swam like a fish and climbed trees like a squirrel; but she had her thoughtful moods, when, as often as not, she would lay out her collection of photographs of pictures on the floor, and not only look at them, but think about them. And I have no doubt that she was in one of those moods, when she chose out this particular print and hung it on her wall, in order that she might see it often. So I asked her why she had chosen it, and she said: "Because I liked it." I asked her why? "Oh, I don't know," she said. Now that is just the sort of girl or boy for whom I am writing this book. Not that I think that girl would have liked her picture any better for knowing why she liked it. Then, "What is the good," you ask, "of writing a book to help her to know?" A very shrewd question and quite to the point. Let me try to answer it. When the girl said she did not know why she liked the picture, I think she meant that she could not put into words what she felt. It was the feeling with which the picture filled her that made her like it. I could understand what she meant, because I remembered an experience of my own. The first time that I saw Raphael's Disputa, which decorates a wall in one of the rooms of the Vatican in Rome, I had set out with my guidebook, intending to study all the paintings by Raphael that decorate these rooms. I entered the first room and, I suppose, looked round the walls and saw three other paintings; but all I recall during this visit was the Disputa. I sat down before it and remained seated! I do not know how long, but the morning slipped away. What I thought about as I looked at the picture I cannot tell you. My impression is that I did not think at all; I only felt. My spirit was lifted up and purified and strengthened with happiness. Returning to my hotel, I read about the picture in the guidebook. It appeared that one of the figures represented Dante. I had not noticed it, and as I read on I found out other things that I had missed; that, indeed, the whole subject, so far as it could be put into words, had escaped me. I had no knowledge of what the painting was about; only I had felt its beauty....
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Good. No dust jacket. 253 pages. No dust jacket. Burgundy cloth with pictorial gilt lettering. Mostly clean pages, with light tanning and foxing at endpapers, and at slightly nicked edges. Firm binding. Inscription on fep. Cracked hinge with exposed netting. Boards are mildly tanned at spine with crushed ends, minor rubbing, shelf wear, and bumped corners. Water marks and scuffed edges. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1521800072HJG (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
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