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October 30

  1. 1.   “The teaching of Art… is the teaching of all things” “The art of any country is the exponent of its social and political virtues”
  2. 2. truth beauty divinity “the Beautiful as a gift from God”
  3. 3. Art Mechanical Something behind the pretty picture…
  4. 4. Ruskin’s real art theory? Art is “the expression of spirits of great men” (Modern Painters III).
  5. 5.    The Picture of Dorian Gray “If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly will see its moral lesson.” “Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
  6. 6. Tell me the story of King Arthur.
  7. 7.  Geoffrey of Monmouth Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) Arthur  Merlin  Guinevere  Avalon 
  8. 8.   Centers more on the other characters: Lancelot, Guenevere, Perceval, Galahad, Gawai n, Tristan, and Isolde Relationship between Lancelot and Guenevere
  9. 9.    Le Morte d’ Arthur by Thomas Malory Romantic ideal of Arthur Most later works are based on Malory
  10. 10.    Last printing of Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur in 1634 For two hundred years, used as an allegory Tom Thumb
  11. 11.    Medievalism, Romanticism, and the Gothic Revival Code of ethics for 19th-century gentlemen shaped around chivalry 1816—Le Morte d'Arthur was reprinted for the first time since 1634
  12. 12.   1832—”The Lady of Shalott” 1859—Idylls of the King
  13. 13. Willows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver Through the wave that runs forever By the island in the river Flowing down to Camelot. Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott.
  14. 14. But in her web she still delights To weave the mirror's magic sights, For often through the silent nights A funeral, with plumes and lights And music, went to Camelot: Or when the moon was overhead, Came two young lovers lately wed; "I am half-sick of shadows, " said The Lady of Shalott.
  15. 15. She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces through the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She looked down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror cracked from side to side; "The curse is come upon me, " cried The Lady of Shalott.
  16. 16. Who is this? and what is here? And in the lighted palace near Died the sound of royal cheer; And they crossed themselves for fear, All the knights at Camelot: But Lancelot mused a little space; He said, "She has a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace, The Lady of Shalott. "
  17. 17.  Draw a book cover for “The Lady of Shalott”  Don’t worry if you are not an artist  Be creative!
  18. 18.  Draw a book cover for “The Lady of Shalott” for a Victorian audience
  19. 19. How are they the same? How are they different? Why?
  20. 20.     Pre-Raphaelite artists drew from the literature to create their renditions Took a great deal of artistic license Tennyson unsatisfied Ruskin: “Many of the plates are very noble things, though not, it seems to me, illustrations of your poems. I believe, in fact, that good pictures never can be; they are always another poem, subordinate but wholly different from the poet's conception, and serve chiefly to show the reader how variously the same verses may affect various minds.”
  21. 21. How can the Lady of Shalott represent the artist?
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  23. 23. Readings:  Morris “How I Became a Socialist” (pp. 15221525)  Mill On Liberty (pp. 1095-1104)