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


LDE T2384   CID89  Of Diversity of Figures in a History Piece

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In large History-Pieces, it will be necessary to introduce Figures of various Kinds, with regard to Shape, Complexion, Carnations and Attitudes. Some must be represented Fat and Burly, others Thin and shrivel'd; some Thick and Short, others Tall and Slendor; some Gay and Sprightly, other thoughtful and Melancholly; some must have lank Hair, others Curld; the brisk and lively Gestures of some, must make a Contrast with the slow and graver Motions of others: In a few Words, there must be variety in the Form, Colour, Drapery, &c. Of every thing that enters into the Composition of the Piece.