Romantic Vision: Responses to Change

Wednesday, November 15, 1995
Sunday, January 14, 1996

Through a combination of paintings, drawings, prints, books, and manuscripts, this small exhibition explored common themes in romantic art, literature, and music from about 1790 to 1840. Drawing on other Yale collections as well as those of the Yale Center for British Art, the exhibition dealt with developments not just in Britain but across Europe and America. Featured artists, writers, and composers included William Blake, J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, Thomas Cole, Goya, Delacroix, Goethe, Byron, Wordsworth, Beethoven, and Berlioz. The exhibition grew out of a colloquium for high school teachers held at the Center and supported by the Connecticut Humanities Council. While intended for use by teachers in introducing their students to romanticism, the exhibition also offered the general public a series of glimpses into this revolutionary period that transformed Western thought.

John Constable, Hadleigh Castle, The Mouth of the Thames—Morning after a Stormy Night (detail), 1829, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection