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


LDE T0078   CID18  Variety of Proportions to be affected

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A Painter loses a great deal of his Dignity, by confining his Genius, and never venturing out of his ordinary Course: There are some for Instance, who apply themselves to the Painting of Nudities; but so, as still strictly to observe the same Proportions, and never introducing the least variety: Whereas they should consider, that a Man may be well proportion'd, whether he be thick or slender, short or tall. By disregarding this diversity of proportions, a Painter seems to cast all his Figures in the same Mould, which is an Error of the first Magnitude.