What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things.
When we wish to bring it into our work we find it very hard. We must gather it together from far and wide, and especially in the case of the human figure throughout all its limbs from before and behind.
One may often search through two or three hundred men without finding amongst them more than one or two points of beauty which can be made use of.
You, therefore, if you desire to compose a fine figure, must take head from some, the chest, arm, leg, hand, and foot from others; and, likewise search through all members of every kind.
For from many beautiful things something good many be gathered, even as honey is gathered from many flowers.
~Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), painter, on the ideal of beauty~