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Varieties of art and the imitation of nature.


And it is shown, through the very quality of the human spirit, that the imitation of nature should be their (the arts') common purpose and that they do not differ from one another regarding the means they employ to produce this imitation. The means of painting, music and dance are the color, sounds and gestures; that of poetry is speech. So that one can can see, on the one hand, the intimate link and that form of fraternity that unites all the arts, all children of nature, which contemplate the same end and are regulated by the same principles; and on the other hand, their peculiar differences, what does separate and distinguish them from each other […].

[CHARLES BATTEUX (1713-80), The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle, p. 33]

LITTLE MERMAID
LITTLE MERMAID
"LITTLE MERMAID"
Cast iron statue, c.1840, project of Architect Tettamanzi and created by
Company Rubini, Scalini, Falck e C.
Origins: 'San Damiano' bridge, currently in Parco Sempione (Milan)
height: 120 cm – base 20cm x 13cm
MUSEO DI MILANO – Civic Historic Collections
Public Administration responsible for its safeguarding:
Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici e Storici di Milano, Bergamo, Lecco, Lodi, Pavia,
Sondrio and Varese – BRERA
WEATHERCOCK
WEATHERCOCK
"WEATHERCOCK"
Polychrome copper and bronze, XVI century,
Origins: Church of San Babila (Milan),
height 38 cm – base 20 cm x 13 cm
MUSEO DI MILANO – Civic Historic Collections
Public Administration responsible for its safeguarding:
Soprintendenza per i Beni Artistici e Storici di Milano, Bergamo, Lecco, Lodi, Pavia,
Sondrio and Varese – BRERA