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The Spirit of Knowledge

A work made of black chalk and brush and gray wash on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk and brush and gray wash on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1798

Artist:

Henry Fuseli
Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825

About this artwork

One of the most original and probing artists of the late 18th century, Fuseli worked principally in London but went to Rome for eight years beginning in 1770. The influence of Michelangelo’s prophets and sibyls is tangible in this allegorical figure, probably drawn in London a decade after he left Rome; at this time Fuseli had recently met William Blake, who treated a similar subject in his Book of Job.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

The Spirit of Knowledge

Place

England (Artist's nationality:)

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1798

Medium

Black chalk and brush and gray wash on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

18.2 × 22.3 cm (7 3/16 × 8 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Given in honor of Dorothy Braude Edinburg by Lowell Libson and the Directors of Spink-Leger

Reference Number

1998.491

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