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


LDE T2381   CID21  One Painter never servilely to imitate another

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A Painter shou'd never tye himself to Imitate e*Manner of any other; his Business being t to represent the Works of Men, but those Nature; who at the same time is so abundant in her Productions, that 'tis Ridiculous to ve Recourse to her Servants, who have nothing but what they borrow'd from her; when e Mistress her self is so ready to Entertain em.

Manner, is the Habitude that Painters have acquired, only in the Management of the Pencil, but also in three principal Parts of Painting, viz. Invention, Den, and Colouring: 'Tis by the manner in Painting at we judge this Piece to be Titian's, Tintoret's, or Vinci's and; as by the Stile in Writing, we guess this Book to this or that Author's.