Oil painting, "Praying Hands" by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) – Source Wikimedia
" And the mind of the great artist is so active, so profound, that it shows itself in any subject. It does not even need a whole figure to express it. Take any fragment of a masterpiece, you will recognize the character of the creator in it. Compare, if you will, the hands painted in two portraits by Titian and Rembrandt. The hands by Titian will be masterful; those by Rembrandt will be modest and courageous. In these limited bits of painting all the ideals of these masters are contained."
Auguste Rodin (in “Art” translated from the French into English by Paul Gsell)
Flora (detail) by Titian – Source: Wikimedia
- “Art” by Auguste Rodin by translated from the French into English by Paul Gsell is available as a free eBook from the Internet Archive.
- On being true – Rodin’s Artistic Testament
- On beauty – Rodin’s artistic Testament
- Art is not always about beauty The impossible task of writing about art