Henry Fuseli

Swiss-born British Romantic Painter, 1741-1825 Henry Fuseli was the first artist to command the epic literature and heroic history of northern Europe as well as the Mediterranean countries, and by his wide reading and close study of the Old Masters he equipped himself to extend the scope of history painting far beyond the traditional limits of the Bible and classical antiquity. In his speculative boldness he was a child of the Enlightenment, but he was also a fierce critic of sterile rationalism and preached the gospel of the imagination with religious fervor. Henry Fuseli was born Johann Heinrich F??ssli (in 1764 he Anglicized his name) in Zurich on Feb. 6, 1741, the son of a painter with strong religious convictions who destined him for the Zwinglian ministry. After a period of intensive theological study Fuseli was ordained in 1761 and preached his first sermon. He was a friend of Johann Kaspar Lavater, whose Aphorisms on Man he later translated into English from manuscript. Fuseli became the favorite disciple of Johann Jakob Bodmer, who in 1740 had published an essay on the wonderful in poetry that led to a literary war with Johann Christoph Gottsched in Germany and the formation of a revolutionary Swiss school which used English literature, especially Milton and Shakespeare, as a spearhead in promoting romanticism.

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Henry Fuseli Lady Macbeth oil painting


Lady Macbeth
Painting ID::  1289
Artist: Henry Fuseli
Painting: Lady Macbeth
Introduction: 1784
   
   
     

Henry Fuseli Nightmare s oil painting


Nightmare s
Painting ID::  1290
Artist: Henry Fuseli
Painting: Nightmare s
Introduction: 1781-82
   
   
     

Henry Fuseli Titania and Bottom (mk08) oil painting


Titania and Bottom (mk08)
Painting ID::  21929
Artist: Henry Fuseli
Painting: Titania and Bottom (mk08)
Introduction: c.1780-1790 Oil on canvas 216x274cm London,Tate Gallery
   
   
     

Henry Fuseli The Nightmare (mk22) oil painting


The Nightmare (mk22)
Painting ID::  22803
Artist: Henry Fuseli
Painting: The Nightmare (mk22)
Introduction: 1790/91 Oil on canvas,76.5 x 63.5 cm Frankfurt am Main,Freies Deutsches Hochstift,Frankfurter Goethe-Museum
   
   
     

Henry Fuseli Kriemhilde Sees the Dead Sikegfried in a Dream (mk45) oil painting


Kriemhilde Sees the Dead Sikegfried in a Dream (mk45)
Painting ID::  25962
Artist: Henry Fuseli
Painting: Kriemhilde Sees the Dead Sikegfried in a Dream (mk45)
Introduction: 1805 Pencil and watercolor 38.5x48.5cm Zurich,Kunsthaus Zurich
   
   
     

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     Swiss-born British Romantic Painter, 1741-1825 Henry Fuseli was the first artist to command the epic literature and heroic history of northern Europe as well as the Mediterranean countries, and by his wide reading and close study of the Old Masters he equipped himself to extend the scope of history painting far beyond the traditional limits of the Bible and classical antiquity. In his speculative boldness he was a child of the Enlightenment, but he was also a fierce critic of sterile rationalism and preached the gospel of the imagination with religious fervor. Henry Fuseli was born Johann Heinrich F??ssli (in 1764 he Anglicized his name) in Zurich on Feb. 6, 1741, the son of a painter with strong religious convictions who destined him for the Zwinglian ministry. After a period of intensive theological study Fuseli was ordained in 1761 and preached his first sermon. He was a friend of Johann Kaspar Lavater, whose Aphorisms on Man he later translated into English from manuscript. Fuseli became the favorite disciple of Johann Jakob Bodmer, who in 1740 had published an essay on the wonderful in poetry that led to a literary war with Johann Christoph Gottsched in Germany and the formation of a revolutionary Swiss school which used English literature, especially Milton and Shakespeare, as a spearhead in promoting romanticism.