Gothic nightmares : Fuseli, Blake and the romantic imagination /
Martin Myrone ; with essays by Christopher Frayling and Marina Warner ; and additional catalogue contributions by Christopher Frayling and Mervyn Heard.
London : Tate Publishing, 2006.
224 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
1854375822 (pbk.)
More Details
London : Tate Publishing, 2006.
1854375822 (pbk.)
general note
Published to accompany an exhibition held at Tate Britain, 15 February - 1 May 2006.
catalogue key
Gift to Victoria University Library. Brandeis, Robert C. 2006/03/02.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The 1770s was marked by the emergence of themes of violence, horror and the supernatural in art: the birth of the Gothic. Published to accompany an exhibition at Tate Britain, 'Gothic Nightmares' considers these themes in visual art.
Long Description
The 1770s were marked by the emergence of themes of violence, horror, and the supernatural in art: the birth of the Gothic. In 1782 the unveiling of Henry Fuseli's painting "The Nightmare" was met with a mixture of shock and fascination, and was followed by the cosmic visions of William Blake and the searing grotesque caricatures of James Gilray. While there have been several re-assessments of Gothic literature in recent years, "Gothic Nightmares" is the first serious consideration of these themes in visual art, from the 1770s up through the present. Among the themes explored are: The Gothic Nightmare, examining Fuseli's famous painting in context; the sublime vision of the Gothic hero; the influence of literature and fantasy on art; visions of the apocalypse; and the obsession with scientific revelation that culminated in the vision of ultimate horror in Mary Shelley's man-made monster, Frankenstein.
Table of Contents
Fuseli's The nightmare : somewhere between the sublime and the ridiculousp. 9
Invented plots : the enchanted puppets and fairy doubles of Henry Fuselip. 23
Fuseli to Frankenstein : the visual arts in the context of the gothicp. 31
The nightmare : Fuseli and the art of horrorp. 43
Perverse classicismp. 53
Superheroesp. 73
Gothic gloomthp. 101
Witches and apparitionsp. 123
Fairies and fatal womenp. 151
Revolution, revelation and apocalypsep. 177
The nightmare in modern culturep. 207
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