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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860 is a collection of essays, stories, and poetry that provides a fascinating glimpse into the intellectual and cultural landscape of the mid-19th century. The contributors to this issue cover a wide range of topics, from politics and religion to science and literature.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is an essay on the state of the American economy, which offers thoughtful analysis and predictions for the future. Additionally, the poetry featured in this issue showcases the talent and creativity of the writers of the time, with verses that are both poignant and evocative.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860 is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of American literature and culture. The diversity of voices and ideas presented in this volume make it a valuable resource for scholars and casual readers alike.

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THE

ATLANTIC MONTHLY,

A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. V. JANUARY, 1860. NO. XXVII.

OUR ARTISTS IN ITALY.

HIRAM POWERS.

Antique Art, beside affording a standard by which the modern may be measured, has the remarkable property giving it a higher value of testing the genuineness of the Art impulse.

Even to genius, that is, to the artist, a true Art life is difficult of attainment. In the midst of illumination, there is the mystery: the subjective mystery, out of which issue the germs like seeds floated from unknown shores of his imaginings; the objective mystery, which yields to him, through obvious, yet unexplained harmonies, the means of manifestation.

Behind the consciousness is the power; behind the power, that which gives it worth and occupation.

To the artist definite foresight is denied. His life is full of surprises at new necessities. When the present demand shall have been fulfilled, what shall follow? Shall it be Madonna, or Laoco├Ân? His errand is like that of the commander who bears sealed instructions; and he may drift for years, ere he knows wherefore. Thorwaldsen waited, wandering by the Tiber a thousand days, then in one, uttered his immortal "Night."

Not even the severest self examination will enable one in whom the Art impulse exists to understand thoroughly its aim and uses; yet to approximate a clear perception of his own nature and that of the art to which he is called is one of his first duties... Continue reading book >>


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