Monday, February 10, 2020

Beauty no painter could represent

VERSAILLES! It is wonderfully beautiful! …

The scene thrills one like military music! …

I used to think the pictures exaggerated these distances and these dimensions beyond all reason, and that they made Versailles more beautiful than it was possible for any place in the world to be.

I know now that the pictures never came up to the subject in any respect, and that no painter could represent Versailles on canvas as beautiful as it is in reality. …

The arch is mathematically precise. The effect is then very fine. …

The trees in no two avenues are shaped alike, and consequently the eye is not fatigued with anything in the nature of monotonous uniformity.
Source: The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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