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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Ancient art is plastic; modern, pictorial.  1
  Formerly it was the fashion to preach the natural; now it is the ideal.  2
  Portraiture is the basis and the touchstone of historic painting.  3
  The poetry of the ancients was that of possession, ours is that of aspiration; the former stands fast on the soil of the present, the latter hovers between memory and anticipation.  4
  The thinker requires exactly the same light as the painter, clear, without direct sunshine, or blinding reflection, and, where possible, from above.  5
  There is no more potent antidote to low sensuality than the adoration of beauty.  6

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