Jonathan Richardson

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Self portrait, 1729

Jonathan Richardson (1665 – 1745), sometimes called "the Elder" to distinguish him from his son, was an English artist, collector of drawings, and writer on art, working almost entirely as a portrait-painter in London



Essay on the Theory of Painting (1725)

Jonathan Richardson (1725), Essay on the Theory of Painting, London
  • In picture we never die,never decay or grow older
  • Painting is that pleasant amusement being one of the means whereby we convey ideas to each other.
  • The pleasure that painting as a dumb art give us , is like what we have from misic, its beautiful forms, vlour and harmony are to the eye what sounds and the harmony are to the ear.
  • Words paint to the imagination but every man forms the thing to himself in his own way.
  • The theatre gives us representations of things , and there we see a sort of moving, speaking pictures but they are transient whereas painting remains and is always at hand.
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