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


LDE T0406   CID263  Of the Judgment which a Painter forms, of his own or other Mens Works

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'Tis but an ill sign, when a Painter's Knowledge does not go beyond his Work; and yet 'tis Worse, when his Work exceeds his Knowledge; as it happens in those who are surprized in finding how well they have succeeded: but when the Painter's Knowledge, and Light, surpass his Work, so that he is not satisfied with himself, or his Endeavours, 'tis a very happy Omen; and the Novice who finds this Disposition in himself, may rest assured that he is destined to be an able Artist: 'Tis true, indeed, a Man of his Turn will never do a great deal, and his Performances will be but few; but then they will be consummate; and will bear the most rigorous Examen, as well as challenge the most rational Admiration.