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


LDE T0062   CID8  How a Painter may judge of his Proficiency

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A Painter who has no Doubts in his Studies, makes but a small Progress in his Art; It being an infallible Sign, where all things appear easy, that the Workman is insufficient, and the Work above his Pitch. But when once a Painter has got a just Sense of the whole Difficulties of his Work, every new Reflection he makes, will give him new Strength to surmount them; insomuch that if he perseveres in it, every Day will contribute something towards his Improvement and Perfection.