William Blake's Universe

David Bindman, Esther Chadwick
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 22 feb 2024
A beautifully illustrated book that explores William Blake's relationship with Europe against a backdrop of political turmoil.Responding to revolution and war in Europe, enslavement and exploitation in European colonies, and repression and reaction at home in Britain, William Blake (1757-1827) produced an astonishing body of work that combined criticism of the contemporary world with a vision for universal redemption. Blake has always been seen as a distinctly English figure but, in reality, his art at all periods of his career is profoundly involved with Europe, as a source of his images and as a vision of the past, present and future of humanity. This richly illustrated book, published alongside an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, explores the vital ingredients of Blake's work and draws parallels with the ambitions of his artist contemporaries in Europe, most notably the German artist Philipp Otto Runge. In doing so the editors and contributors show that Blake was not alone in looking to art to build the world anew in the face of shattering political crises.
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ISBN-13: 9781781301272
ISBN-10: 1781301271
Pagini: 224
Ilustrații: Colour photographs throughout
Dimensiuni: 25 x 25 x 25 mm
Greutate: 1.36 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Philip Wilson Publishers
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Published to accompany a joint exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) between 20 February-19 May 2024 and at Kunsthalle (Hamburg) between 14 June-8 September 2024

Notă biografică

David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at UCL and is a leading expert on Blake.Esther Chadwick is Lecturer in Art History at the Courtauld Institute and a specialist in eighteenth-century British art.


Directors' ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgementsEditorial NoteIntroduction: Blake, Runge and Visionary Art in Europe c.1800 - Esther ChadwickBlake, Time and the Present Moment - Sarah Haggarty- Blake and his Artist ContemporariesPART I: The Past: Antiquity and the GothicLearning From the Past - John Flaxman- Blake and Fuseli- Blake and Dante- Classics vs GothicPART II: The Present: Europe in FlamesBlake's Continental Prophecies: Apocalypse and Revolution - David Bindman- Mind Forg'd Manacles: Slavery and Freedom- French Revolution and Apocalypse- The World as Prison- Images of RedemptionPART III: The Future: Spiritual RenewalRunge's Times - Joseph Leo Koerner'Michael Angelo could not have done better': Dionysius Andreas Freher and the Visual Transmission of German Mysticism in Eighteenth-Century England - Cecilia MuratoriHenry Crabb Robinson, William Blake, and Anglo-German Cultural Relations - James Vigus- Blake's New Religious Style- Jacob Böhme- Philipp Otto Runge: Times of DayRomantic Nationalism - William Vaughan- Romantic NationalismNotesWorks CitedPicture CreditsIndex