Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, 7.10.8-7.10.9

sed quid una faciet aut altera, quin immo centum ac mille in re infinita in re infinita, Rollin : in re finita quae materia in se finita, G: in re finitaque materia ars finita, A. ? Praeceptoris est, in alio atque alio genere cotidie ostendere, quis ordo sit rerum et quae copulatio, ut paulatim fiat usus et ad similia transitus. tradi enim omnia, quae ars efficit, non possunt. nam quis pictor omnia, quae in rerum natura sunt, adumbrare didicit? sed percepta semel imitandi ratione adsimulabit quidquid acceperit. quis non faber vasculum aliquod, quale nunquam viderat, fecit?

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Quel peintre a appris à figurer tout ce qui se rencontre dans la nature ?

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Commentary

Note : in the Recueil Millliet 's original edition, only one sentence of the whole passage is replicated ("nam quis pictor omnia, quae in rerum natura sunt, adumbrare dedicit"). One chooses to replicate the entire section for the sake of clarity.

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