Painting Shakespeare: The Artist as Critic, 1720-1820

Painting Shakespeare: The Artist as Critic, 1720-1820

by Stuart Sillars
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521853087

ISBN-13: 9780521853088

Pub. Date: 01/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Painting Shakespeare explores the tradition of critical and interpretive painting and engraving that developed when eighteenth-century artists rejected the depiction of Shakespeare's plays in performance to produce images based on the new scholarly editions. The opening chapter locates Shakespeare painting alongside contemporary performance, editing and criticism,

Overview

Painting Shakespeare explores the tradition of critical and interpretive painting and engraving that developed when eighteenth-century artists rejected the depiction of Shakespeare's plays in performance to produce images based on the new scholarly editions. The opening chapter locates Shakespeare painting alongside contemporary performance, editing and criticism, and discusses its relation to art history and practice. The book proceeds to examine Hogarth's use of ironic allusion, and the development of this and other techniques of critical visualisation by artists of the succeeding decades. Later chapters discuss the arcane allusions and supernatural visions of Fuseli, the gestural immediacy of Romney, the fluid, critical mythologising of Blake, and the compound subtleties of Reynolds. The book concludes with a study of the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery and the radically new reading practices it constituted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521853088
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of colour plates; List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; 1. Placing Shakespeare painting; 2. Play, iconography and social discourse in Hogarth's Shakespeare; 3. Landscape, readership and convention, 1740-90; 4. Fuseli and the uses of iconography; 5. George Romney: meditations of a volatile fancy; 6. 'Shakespeare in riper years gave me his hand': William Blake; 7. 'General ideas and the familiar pathetic': neo-classical Shakespeare and Joshua Reynolds; 8. Fuseli, nature and supernature; 9. Boydell, criticism and appropriation; 10. Summations and departures; Select bibliography.

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