O.Wilde, Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. (...)
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. (...)

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. (...)
All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself...

O. Wilde (1854-1900),
Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

Sunday, December 05, 2010

J.M.W. Turner, The Wreck of the Minotaur

                           "The Wreck of the Minotaur"  (1810)                             
                             (Also known as The Wreck of a Transport Ship)                                        
 Oil on canvas, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) - "Painter of Light", his work is regarded as a
                                                'Romantic Preface' to Impressionism.

Minotaur  was a 74-gun ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 6 November 1793.  She was named after the mythological bull-headed monster of Crete.This ship participated in the Battle of the Nile (1798) and in the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) and was wrecked on 22nd December 1810.
The sinking of the ship was  depicted by the famed landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, though the subject was not originally the Minotaur, but a generic 'transport ship'. Turner had been producing sketches in preparation for the painting as early as 1805, but by the time he had completed the painting in 1810, the recent wreck of the Minotaur was a subject of much discussion, and the painting was named to capitalise on this public interest.

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