Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Subject of Imitative Painting
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1852?
Type of Manuscript: holograph fair copy
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Greek Ideal—Plato's Republic (Davies
& Vaughan) B[ook] V p. 207
Socr. Do you think any the worse
of the merits of an artist who has
painted a beau ideal of human
beauty, & has left nothing lacking
in the picture because he cannot
prove that such a man as he
has painted might possibly exist?
Glaucon. No, indeed I do not.
reasoned out at some length in
B[ook] 10 from p. 379, & the imitative
art condemned because it does
not go at first hand to the essences
of things—the idea or divine pattern
of a bed or table for instance but
at second hand to the individual
human bed & table which are them
selves only chips of imitation from the
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