Romantic Circles Gallery
The World Beyond: Romantic Art and the Supernatural
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The Romantic era was shaped by the rationalism of Enlightenment and the chaos of revolution, and it was built on the art, literature, and philosophy of the eras before it. Though the history of Romantic art is fascinating, equally fascinating is its fantasy. This gallery studies the various depictions and suggestions of the supernatural in Romantic visual culture: images portraying scenes from Milton, those exploring allegories, and images that cast political figures as wizards and demons. Their strangeness is inescapable, and their sublimity conveys a sense of the irrational. Consequently, each image implies or glimpses the specter of an invisible world.