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The Leeds Library - Gems from the 1768 Collection
Tue, April 25, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM BST
Critical Reflections on poetry, painting and music, with an Inquiry into the Rise and Progress of the Theatrical Entertainments of the Ancients: Written in France by the Abbe Du Bos, Member and perpetual Secretary of the French Academy: Translated into English by Thomas Nugent, Gent, from the fifth edition revised, corrected and inlarged by the Author. Vol 1. by Deirdre Thackray
Abbe Du Bos’ (1670-1742) Critical Reflections...was a three-volume treatise, with all three volumes in the 1768 collection, with a 1748 publication date. The lecture will focus on two chapters within Volume 1, and will use these chapters to locate the publication in a developing framework of classification, a quasi-scientific approach for the 18th century gentleman to take to facilitate their understanding, appreciation and indeed replication of artistic practice. Du Bos asserts, ‘Tis natural to reject as untrue the glass, wherein we perceive no resemblance of our own features’ and so only the man with the finest sensibilities could experience art as he should, as a reflection of ‘the most inward motions of his heart.’ The chapters that will form the basis of the lecture are: In what sense it may be said that nature is grown rich since the time of Raphael, and, Whether the effect which painting produces on men be greater than that of poetry. The role of translation in consolidating Du Bos’ message will also be considered.