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A Treatise on Painting, by Leonardo da Vinci
Senex and Taylor, London


LDE T1002   CID11  Faults to be corrected as soon as discovered

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Whenever either your own Reflection or the Information of your Friends, points out any fault in your work, correct it immediately; left in exposing the Piece to the World, you expose your own Weakness: Nor flatter your self that what Reputation you lose by letting it escape, may be retriev'd in your next Performance: 'Tis not with Painting as with Musick, which dies in the Breath that gives it Birth: Painting is of a more durable nature, and whatever Over-sights of this kind you make Publick, will be standing Reproaches to you ever afterwards. Nor will it avail to plead Poverty in excuse of your Errors, or to palliate the matter by urging want of Leisure to finish what you do: The Study of Virtue it self will serve for Food to the Body, as well as the Mind: How many Philosophers born in the midst of Plenty, have yet abandoned themselves to Penury and Want, to become the more free and disengaged for Virtue, and the Study thereof.