quinta-feira, 5 de abril de 2018

A propósito do subtil tópico

dos limites do olhar de quem concebe um retrato, esclarece Collingwood: A portrait ... is a work of representation. What the patron demands is a good likeness; and that is what the painter aims at, and successfully, if he is a competent painter, at producing. It is not a difficult thing to do; and we may reasonably assume that in portraits by great painters such as Raphael, Titian, Velasquez, or Rembrandt it has been done. But, however reasonable the assumption may be, it is an assumption and nothing more. The sitters are dead and gone, and we cannot check the likeness for ourselves. If, therefore, the only kind of merit a portrait could have were its likeness to the sitter, we could not possibly distinguish, except where the sitter is still alive and unchanged, between a good portrait and a bad.

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