In the 19th century, Classicism, that had offered order, came to seem an imprisoning of imagination. Romanticism sought freedom and encouraged transgression –an exploration of unfamiliar terrains, external and internal. A movement opposing definition and reason’s unbending artifice, it looked to where the irrational yet gave intensity to life –in childhood, barbarianism, exoticism and the dark. Among artists to be discussed will be Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix and Joseph Mallord William Turner.
- 4 Oct Romanticism: Eden and After
- 18 Oct Romanticism: The Savage Place
- 1 Nov Romanticism: The Orient
- 8 Nov Romanticism: The Gothic
Please note that we will continue to use the Royal Society of Edinburgh for our daytime History of Art Lectures for the duration of the Scottish National Gallery project, in case of noise pollution.
History of Art Course with Dr James Lawson: Romanticism
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