Aet, as far as it has ability, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild. Dante.
A work of art is said to be perfect in proportion as it does not remind the spectator of the process by which it was created. H. T. Tuclcerman.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. Michael Angela.
Moral beauty is the basis of all true beauty. This foundation is somewhat veiled and covered in nature. Art brings it out, and gives it more transparent forms. It is here that art, when it knows well its power and resources, engages in a struggle with Nature in which it may have the advantage. Victor Courin.
Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of folly. Hazlitt.
In old times men used their power of painting to snow the objects of faith ; in later times they used the objects of faith that they might show their powers of painting. J. RusUn.
Art is based on a strong sentiment of religion—on a profound and mighty earnestness; hence it is so prone to cooperate with religion. Goethe.
The highest art is always the most religious; and the greatest artist is always a devout man. A scoffing Raphael or Michael Angelo is not conceivable.
To me more dear, congenial to my heart,
One native charm than all the gloss of art.
The love of praise, howe'er concealed by art,
Keigns, more or less, and glows in every heart.
' All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
All discord, harmony not understood;
All partial evil, universal good;
And spite of pride, in erring reason's spite,
One truth is clear—whatever is, is right. Pope.