Art

I’m often inspired in my writing by art, whether it’s a painting or sculpture, an illustration or photo; it all gets assimilated somewhere in my head and pops out at the oddest times.

You can also find other things that inspire me on my Pinterest page.

Here are some that have inspired me:

Paradise Lost – Gustave Dore

Creation of Light – Gustave Dore

Ligeia – Harry Clarke

The sleep of reason produces monsters – Francisco de Goya

The Deluge – John Martin

Melencolia I ~ Albrecht Drurer

Melencolia I ~ Albrecht Drurer

Swans Reflecting Elephants - Salvadore Dali

Swans Reflecting Elephants – Salvador Dali

Cafe Terrace at Night – Van Gogh

Melancholia I The bat-like creature flying through a night sky declares the subject of this famous engraving: Melancolia I. That dark temperament is personified by a female figure seated in the foreground. The winged infant beside her is a ‘genius’ (in the ancient sense, meaning an accompanying spirit).

Melancholy has wings and from her belt hang keys and a money bag, symbolizing power and wealth. She is surrounded by measuring instruments. Above her head is a panel of ‘magic’ numbers (they add up to 34 in all directions). At her feet are the tools that can fashion the material world. Yet she does nothing: lost in thought, she turns away from the light.

Renaissance philosophers had suggested a new interpretation for melancholy, as the temperament of genius (in the modern sense). Melancholy was possessed by artists, in whom ‘Imagination’ predominates; ‘Reason’ dominates scholars; while the final stage of ‘Spirit’ was the preserve of theologians. If this interpretation is correct, Dürer has presented us with a portrait of his own temperament as an artist.”