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Sex and the supernatural

By Xan Brooks

Halloween would seem the perfect date to visit an exhibition of dark art from the leading lights of the Gothic movement. Yet, in a case of the trick preceding the treat, audiences will have to wait until February to see Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination at Tate Britain in London.

The exhibition explores the taste for supernatural themes and perverse sexuality that flourished in Britain between 1770 and 1830, with particular emphasis on the work of William Blake and Henry Fuseli. Its centrepiece is Fuseli’s vast painting, Satan Starting From the Touch of Ithuriel’s Spear, which has not been exhibited since it was unveiled at the Royal Academy in 1880.

Read the original article at: The Guardian

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