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


LDE T1019   CID184  The Motions of a Figure to express the Sentiment of its Mind

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A Figure whose Motions are not perfectly accommodate to the Sentiment or Passion it is supposed to have, shows its Members to be in a State of Rebellion, and to want that Duty and Allegiance which they owe to the Mind: There must be a great deal of Zeal and Application, therefore, express'd in the Behaviour of a Figure, and its Action must be so proper and peculiar to the Subject, that it cannot possibly serve to signifie any other thing, nor be used on any other occasion, than that it is intended for.