Tag Archives: 1820’s

1639: Thoughts

From a letter written by James Howell, 17 March 1639: Having got into a close field, I cast my face upward, and…began to contemplate as I was in this posture the vast magnitude of the universe and what proportion this … Continue reading

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1828: Sala Dante

Joseph Anton Koch’s frescos of Dante’s Inferno (1825-28) decorate the Sala Dante in the Casino Massimo, a Roman Villa. Several scenes from the poem are illustrated here, including Dante and Virgil’s ride on the monster Geryon (upper right) and Count … Continue reading

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1824: Evening

Caspar David Friedrich: Evening with Clouds (1824)

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1821: In Life the Firmest Friend

From a letter written by Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Love Peacock, August 1821: Lord Byron gets up at two. I get up, quite contrary to my usual custom…at twelve. After breakfast, we sit talking till six. From six till … Continue reading

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1821: After Rain

John Constable: Evening Landscape after Rain (c. 1821)

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1822: Clouds

John Constable: Cloud Study (1822) Twenty of Constable’s studies of skies made during this season are in my possession, and there is but one among them in which a vestige of landscape is introduced. They are painted in oil, on … Continue reading

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1905: Geographische Liebes-Räthsel

Geographische Liebes-Räthsel (1905); this map by an unknown artist uses the words from a Heinrich Heine poem as its locations: Wenn ich in deine Augen seh, So schwindet all mein Leid und Weh; Doch wenn ich küsse deinen Mund, So … Continue reading

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1820: Thirlmere

John Glover: Thirlmere (c. 1820)

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1822: Murmurs of the Air

Despite the fact that Percy Bysshe Shelley had been expelled from Oxford University in 1811 for publishing an anonymous pamphlet called The Necessity of Atheism, this elaborate memorial was erected to the poet there in 1893. Shelly had drowned off … Continue reading

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1820: Vishnu as Vishvarupa

Jaipur, India – Vishnu as Vishvarupa (1800-1820); “this striking painting shows the blue-skinned Hindu god Vishnu in his form as the Universal Man or Vishvarupa, which means ‘all forms’. The small figures painted on his body refer to his role … Continue reading

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