Beauty is the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.
I certainly consider a great appreciation of painting to be the best indication of a most perfect mind.
A common error of ignorance is to maintain that what one does not know does not exist.
The Arts are learnt by reason and method; they are mastered by practice.
... the movements of the body reveal the movements of the soul.
The city is like a great house, and the house in its turn a small city.
No art, however minor, demands less than total dedication if you want to excel in it.
A man can do all things if he will.
There is no art which has not had its beginnings in things full of errors. Nothing is at the same time both new and perfect.
It seems obvious that colors vary according to lights, because when any color is placed in the shade, it appears to be different from the same color which is located in light. Shade makes color dark, whereas light makes color bright where it strikes.
When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods.
It is very rarely granted even to Nature herself to produce anything absolutely perfect in every part.
We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things.
Practice by drawing things large, as if equal in representation and reality. In small drawings every large weakness is easily hidden; in the large, the smallest weakness is easily seen.
Errors accumulate in the sketch and compound in the model.
Men are themselves the source of their own fortune and misfortune.
I would have artists be convinced that the supreme skill and art in painting consists in knowing how to use black and white... because it is light and shade that make objects appear in relief.
Nothing overshadows truth so much as authority.
Painting contains a divine force which not only makes absent men present, as friendship is said to do, but moreover makes the dead seem almost alive.
A person can do anything if they only will it strongly enough.
The function of the painter is to render... the visible surface so that at a certain distance... and position it appears... like the body itself.
It was never shameful to learn from any teacher things that are useful to know.
As ability goes, so goes our fortune.
The greatest work of an artist is the history of a painting.
I shall praise those faces which seem to project out of the picture as though they were sculptured, and I shall censure those faces in which I see no art but that of outline.
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