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


LDE T0181   CID91  The Method to be taken in learning to Paint History Pieces

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Your first Essay towards Painting a HistoryPiece, shou'd be the Sketching out a few slight Figures, and disposing them together; but you must first be able to design them well on all sides, and to manage the Shortenings and Extensions of each Member with address: You may then venture to make a Group of two Figures fighting together with equal Courage; observing to represent them in different Manners, and Attitudes: lastly, you may proceed to Paint a Combat between a brave Cavalier and a Coward; taking occasion in all these Pieces, to Introduce Variety of such Accidents and Passions, as may require Expression, and enrich the Subject.