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henry fuseli s pragmatic use of aesthetics his epic illustrations of macbeth by karen jundo

“Henry Fuseli’s Pragmatic Use of Aesthetics: His Epic Illustrations of Macbeth” by Karen Jundo

Joy

Nov. 2, 2005

main argument
Main Argument

Henry Fuseli’s illustration of Macbeth stresses on sublimation of Shakespeare’s play and on influencing spectators’ emotion.

context
Context
  • Johann Jakob Bodmer and Sturm und Drang
  • Johann Georg Sulzer and Allegory
  • Edmund Burke and Astonishment
fuseli s epicalization of macbeth
Fuseli’s “Epicalization” of Macbeth
  • In Fuseli’s categorization, Shakespeare’s works should be classed into “dramatic” works.
  • In Fuseli’s illustrations, however, he tries to convey the “astonishing effect” of the “epic” category and attempts to arouse the spectators’ emotion.
fuseli s means of epicalization
Fuseli’s Means of Epicalization
  • Stormy Landscape
  • Expressive Positions of Characters
  • Universal and Time-transcending dimension
the witches appear to macbeth and banquo
The Witches Appear to Macbeth and Banquo

Naked body and expressive position

contemporary appreciation
Contemporary Appreciation
  • “Artist Sublime” and “Sublimest Spirit”
  • Spectators’ familiarity with Shakespeare as impediment to emotional feedback
documentation
Documentation

Jundo, Karen. “Henry Fuseli’s Pragmatic Use of Aesthetics: His Epic Illustrations of Macbeth.” Word & Image 19 (2003): 138-50.

feel any spontaneous flow of emotion or any questions comments words
Feel any “spontaneous flow of emotion”

or

any questions/comments/words?