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In sculpture a garment made of stone, bronze, or wood is to an extreme degree oppressive. It is no longer a shadow or a veil, no longer an item of clothing: it is a rock with cavities and protuberances, a hanging clump of stone.
A water sprite would have grasped the stick more accurately. ” This seems strange, but it is a frequent and wholly natural occurrence. A child, with his unpracticed eye, sees a painting as a mere colored surface more often than one would imagine. As long as the figures remain attached to the surface, he cannot explain the shadow here, the stripe there. He stares intently. Then, however, the figures start to come to life. Is it not as if they emerge from the surface and become shapes? The child becomes aware of their presence and tries to grasp hold of them: the dream becomes truth.
Herder refers to other sources, however, such as Norse legend and the writings of Shakespeare and Milton, where these can help him to grasp the affective power of sculpture. Herder also makes constant reference to the Bible, interpreting it not as a direct revelation of the word of God but as a poetic expression of early human religious experience. His description of the human body in part 3 is deeply colored by the language of the Song of Solomon, which he translated from the Hebrew and published 53.