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Painting Shakespeare : the artist as critic, 1720-1820 /
Stuart Sillars.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2006.
description
xviii, 337 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0521853087, 9780521853088
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2006.
isbn
0521853087
9780521853088
catalogue key
5850390
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-324) and index.
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'This fascinating study gives inexhaustible hints and a fresh impetus to modern readers and theatre-goers for understanding Shakespeare more deeply in wider contexts of art and literature. The book undoubtedly deserves its unique place in art history and Shakespeare studies.' Shakespeare Studies
' '¦ undoubtedly the best sustained piece of scholarly work to date on eighteenth-century ad Romantic uses of Shakespeare in the visual arts.' Michael Dobson, Shakespeare Quarterly
"...a scholarly and thorough account ... wisely acknowledging both the vastness of the subject and the important work already done in this area. Sillars negotiates the difficulties of drawing together many threads of research well ... makes for an engaging and compelling read ... the author's passion for his subject is most apparent and he is at his most engaging. Sillars' readings are both sympathetic and sensitive, displaying a wealth of knowledge and depth of research." -Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter
"This fascinating study gives inexhaustible hints and a fresh impetus to modern readers and theatre-goers for understanding Shakespeare more deeply in wider contexts of art and literature. The book undoubtedly deserves its unique place in art history and Shakespeare studies." -Shakespeare Studies
'... the lavish style with which this book has been published ... Fortunately, Stuart Sillars' fine text justifies such generous treatment ... His knowledge of Shakespeare's plays is comprehensive, and his knowledge of art in the period is broad, rich, and detailed.' Notes and Queries
' ... a scholarly and thorough account ... wisely acknowledging both the vastness of the subject and the important work already done in this area. Sillars negociatesthe difficulties of drawing together many threads of research well ... makes for an engaging and compelling read ... the author's passion for his subject is most apparent and he is at his most engaging. Sillars' readings are both sympathetic and sensitive, displaying a wealth of knowledge and depth of research.' Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter
'...a scholarly and thorough account ... wisely acknowledging both the vastness of the subject and the important work already done in this area. Sillars negotiates the difficulties of drawing together many threads of research well ... makes for an engaging and compelling read ... the author's passion for his subject is most apparent and he is at his most engaging. Sillars' readings are both sympathetic and sensitive, displaying a wealth of knowledge and depth of research.' Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter
'... this is an important book in both the history of the cultural construction of Shakespeare and the interpretation of images in relation to texts.' The Cambridge Quarterly
'... undoubtedly the best sustained piece of scholarly work to date on eighteenth-century ad Romantic uses of Shakespeare in the visual arts.' Michael Dobson, Shakespeare Quarterly
"... undoubtedly the best sustained piece of scholarly work to date on eighteenth-century ad Romantic uses of Shakespeare in the visual arts." -Michael Dobson, Shakespeare Quarterly
"Anyone at all interested in this important aspect of Shakespeare studies will find the book immensely valuable and, indeed, an incentive for further research." -Jay Halio, Shakespeare Newsletter
'Anyone at all interested in this important aspect of Shakespeare studies will find the book immensely valuable and, indeed, an incentive for further research.' Jay Halio, Shakespeare Newsletter
'...artists may be critics, but they do not speak for themselves; Stuart Sillars gives them some extremely interesting language.' Times Literary Supplement
"... artists may be critics, but they do not speak for themselves; Stuart Sillars gives them some extremely interesting language." -Times Literary Supplement
"Sillars masterfully demonstrates how some painters did produce powerful readings of Shakespeare's oeuvre: illuminating its meaning and refreshing their own pictorial practice...a powerful reminder of the various uses, aesthetic as well political, to which Shakespeare was put during the Enlightenment and the Romantic age..." -Samuel Baudry, Cercles
'Sillars masterfully demonstrates how some painters did produce powerful readings of Shakespeare's oeuvre: illuminating its meaning and refreshing their own pictorial practice ... a powerful reminder of the various uses, aesthetic as well political, to which Shakespeare was put during the Enlightenment and the Romantic age ...' Cercles
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Summaries
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Painting Shakespeare shows how painters and engravers produced important interpretations of Shakespeare's plays at a time when written criticism was still developing. Richly illustrated with over a hundred pictures including a colour plate section, the book provides the most complete critical history of Shakespeare painting and engraving in this period.
Description for Library
Painting Shakespeare shows how painters and engravers produced important interpretations of Shakespeare's plays at a time when written criticism was still developing. Instead of discussing paintings as theatre history, it shows how images reveal insights about the plays' language, characters or wider concerns, or use them to address contemporary social and political issues. Richly illustrated with over a hundred pictures including a colour plate section, the book also provides the most complete critical history of Shakespeare painting and engraving in this period.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text explores the tradition of critical and interpretive painting and engraving that developed when 18th century artists rejected the depiction of Shakespeare's plays in performance to produce images based on the new scholarly editions.
Table of Contents
List of colour plates
List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Placing Shakespeare painting
Play, iconography and social discourse in Hogarth's Shakespeare
Landscape, readership and convention, 1740-90
Fuseli and the uses of iconography
George Romney: meditations of a volatile fancy
'Shakespeare in riper years gave me his hand': William Blake
'General ideas and the familiar pathetic': neo-classical Shakespeare and Joshua Reynolds
Fuseli, nature and supernature
Boydell, criticism and appropriation
Summations and departures
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