Westminster Abbey was redone in the Gothic style. Blake spent years in the Abbey as an engraving apprentice and said gothicism impacted his art
Leonardo da Vinci's work of the proportions of an idealized man.
Michelangelo finished the David sculpture. Renaissance art and the idealized body had a large impact on Blake's art
Book by Milton, heavily inspired Blake because of its religious themes
Era of rationality, logic, science and reason over religion. Long 18th century.
Heaven and Hell
Emanuel Swedenborg book, Blake's later collection "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" responded to this with his own thoughts on the afterlife
Hand crafted goods became machine oriented, people left the country for factory work in tight apartments. Some Romantics saw it as a loss of humanization.
Successful revolution against the British to establish a new country based in liberty, equality and freedom. Blake supported the revolution, as with many romantics because of its support of the individual
Revolution against the French monarchy and Ancien Regime. Founded in beliefs of liberty and freedom, popular among Romantics. Romantics began to like it less as violence poured down
Death of Marat
Jacques-Louis David iconic neoclassical painting. About French Revolution. Romanticism overlapped with neoclassicism and responded to it
The Ancient of Days
Blake frontispiece, my paper topic!
Fishermen at Sea
JMW Turner painting, prominent romantic artist. His first painting in the Royal Academy
The official mark of the beginning of English Romanticism. Romantic poem collection by Wordsworth & Coleridge
Wanderer Above the Sea Fog
Caspar David Friedrich painting, iconic romantic artwork, displays the experience of the sublime