44 | Isn't it Romantic...

44 | Isn't it Romantic...

What is Romanticism? Music, literature, and art can all be described as Romantic but what does it actually mean? In this episode we’re looking at the characteristic of what we call “Romantic” with a capitol R art. Get ready for some awe and terror…

Cover image - Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781



The Romance of Myth

Thomas Cole,  Childhood , one of the four scenes in  The Voyage of Life , 1842

Thomas Cole, Childhood, one of the four scenes in The Voyage of Life, 1842


The Unromantic Romanticism - Contemporary Scenes

Theodore Gericault,  The Raft of the Medusa , 1818-1819

Theodore Gericault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1818-1819


When Nature Takes Over

J. C. Dahl,  Eruption of Vesuvius , 1826

J. C. Dahl, Eruption of Vesuvius, 1826


When Orientalism Met Romanticism

Eugène Delacroix,  Death of Sardanapalus , 1827, taking its Orientalist subject from a play by Lord Byron

Eugène Delacroix, Death of Sardanapalus, 1827, taking its Orientalist subject from a play by Lord Byron


Links / articles mentioned

Romanticism Movement - The Art Story

How to Identify Romantic Art - Identify this Art

Kathryn Calley Galitz - Romanticism - The MET

The Art of the Sublime - Tate

Nicholas Alfrey - Romanticism Gets Real: British Landscape Photography - Tate (a modern example)

Dr. Claire Black McCoy - Romanticism in France - Khan Academy

Karen Rosenberg - Review: ‘The Critique of Reason’ Revisits What Romantic Art Means - NY Times

Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker - a beginner’s guide to Romanticism - Khan Academy

Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker - Painting colonial culture: Ingres's La Grand Odalisque

Christine Zappella - Goya, Third of May, 1808 article

45 | Monuments - tale as old as time

45 | Monuments - tale as old as time

43 | a History of Still Life

43 | a History of Still Life