Around 1800, philosophers, writers, and artists revolted against rationalism, spreading a new “romantic” vision—one that believed in the goodness of humanity, the divine spirit of nature, and that saw the artist as an individual creator. This comprehensive introduction gathers an essay situating the genre across different regions, crisp reproductions, and detailed interpretations of 31 crucial pieces. For more information…
Reissued with gilded page edges to celebrate Tate Britain’s William Blake exhibition, this beautiful book of The Songs of Innocence and of Experience is an authentic edition of this rare and wonderful collection of poetry reproducing William Blake’s own illumination and lettering from the finest existing example of the original work.
Modern art begins with Goya. He was the first to create works of art for their own sake, and he lived in a time of incredible cultural and social dynamism when the old concepts of social hierarchy were being shaken by the new concept of equality for all.