McArdle On "Art"
A work of art should be Judged
by it's [sic] intrinsic merits — not by its
faults: for the faults of the sublimest work
(and "The Last Judgement [sic]" has defects) may
be seen by the most ignorant (the cobler [sic]
pointed to blunders in the work of Apelles),
while it's [sic] beauties and perfections are
readable alone to the most cultivated
and refined intellects.
But an appreciation of the higher qualities of
art can be acquired alone by long study
and great and continued labor.
McArdle On "Art," The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.