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Book competition

14 December 2018

This week’s book competition prize is Fuseli: Drama and Theatre (Prestel Publishing). Click here for your chance to win.

Shadows and light, high drama and the supernatural – these elements are hallmarks of Henry Fuseli’s paintings. Accompanying a long-overdue show of Fuseli’s works inspired by literary sources, this book addresses his appreciation of Greek tragedy, Shakespearian drama, and Milton’s monumental verse epic Paradise Lost. While most of the criticism around Fuseli focuses on his nightmarish visions indicative of the emerging era of Dark Romanticism, this book examines the dramatic elements both in subject matter and style of his paintings, which include themes of triumph and despair rendered in sharp contrast and explosive expression. Illustrated with brilliant reproductions, the essays in this book explore Fuseli’s world of literary sources as well as his new approach to the stage arts, and how the enthusiasm for Shakespeare in the 18th century played a part in the conception and marketing of Fuseli’s work, thus creating a more comprehensive understanding of his background, time, and world view. (This book accompanies the exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, October 20, 2018–February 10, 2019.)

Answer the following question, by 10 p.m. on 4 January, to win a copy of Fuseli: Drama and Theatre by Eva Reifert (Prestel Publishing).

In which city in Switzerland was Henry Fuseli born?

For our last competition prize we offered Hokusai: Manga (Thames & Hudson). The question was:

Which mountain in Japan features in one of Hokusai’s most famous series of prints?

Answer: Mount Fuji