The Analysis of Beauty

The Analysis of Beauty

In 1753, artist and writer William Hogarth published a treatise on visual beauty and grace called 'The Analysis of Beauty.' Opposed to the then-fashionable ancient and classical models, he proposed that artists should study Nature instead. He proposed six principles that independently contrived to produce beautiful forms. In chapter seven, he expounded on the nature of lines, both straight and curved, and concluded that the "serpentine line" produced grace in compositions.

This gallery, accordingly, explores the contrast between straight and serpentine lines.

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