Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1845]

Through the contemplation of the works of art, to keep alive in the mind a high, unapproachable ideal; by our judgments of what the artist has accomplished, to fix the great scale whose divisions are made after the best we know; earnestly to seek out whatever is most perfect; to point out the fountain head to the lover of art as well as to the artist; to place him on a high point of view; to let history as well as theory, criticism no less than practice, all centre in a single aim; this is praiseworthy and beautiful, and such a labor cannot be unprofitable.–Essays on Art

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