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. Fuseli’s majestic personification of Knowledge offers a fitting tribute to one whose enlightened collecting has left a profound legacy for future generations to behold and enjoy.

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Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

The Spirit of Knowledge

Origin

England

Date

1798

Medium

Black chalk and brush and gray wash on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

182 × 223 mm

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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