The Anatomy and Action of the Horse (Dover Anatomy for Artists)
Should an artist learn anatomy? is a question sti]’l unÑleÑided. The Greek sÑulptors, we are told, aÑquired their knowleÑlge of the ÑonstruÑtion of the botly merely through the daily observation of naketl athletes; whereas Leonardo Ñla VinÐ¾i and Diirer, artists with a strong sÑientific bent, stufieil anatomy. But anatomiÑal study is sÑientifiÑ, and sÑienÑe, in the opinion of a Ñertain sÑhool of thought, has nothing to do with art. DiffiÑult questions these, for artists get results aÑknowledged by real judges as true Ð°rt, by method’s strangely opposite. Does not the least sÑientifiÑ of artists or poets transmute and em-body in his art or poetry a mass of praÑtiÑal knowledge aÑquired in ilaily living? Cannot thÐµn knowledgÐµ deliberately aÑquired Ð¬e similarly transmuted?
While it is for you, reader, to deÑide if anatomy will hÐµlp or hurt you as an artist, I offer you this refleÑtion that, whereas any ignoranÑe may be repaired by well-direÑted study, there is no proÑess, I know of, Ð¬y whiÑh partiÑular knowledge Ð¾an be ÑlisÑarilÐµd at will. The plates in this Ð¬ook are based uPon drawings made in the ÑlisseÑting thÐµatre and thÐµ musÐµum of the FrÐµnÑh Government Veterinary SÑhool at Alfort, near Paris, where I was given evÐµry faÑility for study.
|May 30, 2020
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