Light and Darkness: J. M. W. Turner and the Bible

Part of the Romanticism in Perspective: Texts, Cultures, Histories book series (ROPTCH)


If Turner (1775–1851) was, like Hölderlin, eclectic in his artistic borrowings, the effect was quite opposite: not a binding of Scripture into a seamless unity of vision, but an exposure of biblical paradigms to the blinding light of the artist’s eye and the threatening chaos of nineteenth-century ‘progress’ and discovery. Turner, as an artist, is the poet of Coleridge’s ‘Limbo’:


Royal Academy Landscape Painting Brush Stroke Biblical Text Modern Painter 
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© David Jasper 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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