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


LDE T1016   CID147  Of Colours seen in obscure Places

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The Colours placed in Shadows, will retain more or less of their natural beauty as they are seen in a greater or less obscurity; but if they be seen in any light place, then will their beauty appear the more elevated, as their place is more illumined: Some may object that the variety in Shadows, is as great as in the Colours of things shadowed; to which I answer, that the Colours seen in Shadows, show so much less variety among themselves, as the Shadows they are situate in, are more obscure; This is confirmed by those who standing without doors, look into dark Churches, where the Paintings though diversified in Colours, do nevertheless all appear wrapp'd up in one universal Shadow.