Hogarth's Aesthetics

The Analysis of Beauty, Plate II
Title The Analysis of Beauty, Plate II
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1753
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

Satire remains central even to his explication of aesthetics. Here, Hogarth demonstrates his belief that the beauty and grace of the serpentine line is especially contained in certain dances, particularly the minuet and country dance:

The ordinary undulating motion of the body in common walking ... is augmented in dancing into a larger quantity of waving by means of the minuet-step....The figure of the minuet-path on the floor is also composed of serpentine lines [see fig. 122, p. 147]
 
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