Sister arts  

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This page Sister arts is part of the medium specificity series.  Illustration: Laocoön and His Sons ("Clamores horrendos" detail), photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen.
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This page Sister arts is part of the medium specificity series.
Illustration: Laocoön and His Sons ("Clamores horrendos" detail), photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen.

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The sister arts theory was an 18th century theory introduced in England by Dryden's preface to the translation, in 1695, of Charles Alphonse du Fresnoy's treatise De arte graphica (1668).

"Painting and Poesy are two sisters; which are so like in all things, that they mutually lend to each other both their Name and Office. One is called a dumb Poesy, and the other a speaking Picture" --John Dryden

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