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Gallery Talk: Henry Fuseli’s Literary Subjects

January 23, 2018
Meet in Gallery 100
Free with museum admission

Join Woman’s Board Fellow Alice Boone in exploring Henry Fuseli’s drawings of scenes from great works of literature and mythology. Some works, like Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene or Dante Aligheri’s Inferno, are canonical, while others are more obscure; however well know the source material, Fuseli seized emotionally fraught moments from these literary works, both translating and reimagining them into striking images.

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Henry Fuseli. The Cave of Despair, c. 1769. The Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection.