Category - Gothic Romanticism

Including Pre-Raphaelite, poetry, literature, novels and music
Gothic Romanticism is a term formed from two strands of cultural thinking. The 'Gothic' part of it is not new. Most of traditional Western culture (excluding classicism) owes its structure and principles to ideas set out in the medieval era, which was Gothic in shape and form - like, for example, the great medieval cathedrals of France and England.  But when the Gothic, after a brief fall from grace during the 18th Century, was revived in the Victorian era, it blended perfectly with the Romantic movement already sweeping Europe - along with an abundance of brilliant writers, poets, composers and artists. The result was, for a brief and glorious period, a society in which profound emotions, sensuality and magic gave shape to some of the greatest art ever produced.

The story of Endymion resonates perfectly with the landscape of Gothic Romanticism. From the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich to the Pre-Raphaelite artists of Victorian England. From the dark and mysterious worlds of Keats or Schubert to the splendid and polished decadence of Aubrey Beardsley - it really is an inexhaustible journey in the company of individuals who celebrated life at every turn and loved it to the full.
William James Neatby - an introduction
Book Cover Update - The Hours Before.
John Atkinson Grimshaw - painter of moonlight.
Remembering Arthur Hughes, the ‘quiet’ Pre-Raphaelite.
Farringford House restored - the poet Tennyson’s family home.
Wanderer in the Storm - a favourite Gothic painting.
Happy Birthday Alfred Lord Tennyson! Victorian Poet Laureate.
Poets for Halloween! Remembering John Keats, his birthday.
All of a sudden … it’s Autumn.
The Testament of Sophie Dawes - a Victorian Gothic novel.
The Blind Girl, by Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais.
Autumn Extracts - paintings and stories combined.
My Favourite ‘Julia Margarets’ - Pre-Raphaelite photography.
The Poet and the Queen - meetings of Victoria and Tennyson.
Happy Reading for 2015! A woman reading by candlelight.
GOTH ROBIN - a Special Guest Post for Halloween.
Elizabeth Siddal - a reminder of why we remember.
Isabella .. and the Pot of Basil.
Halloween and All Souls - Holistic or Hysterical?
New Cover for The Arrow Chest.
Death and the Maiden.
New Cover Design for The Arrow Chest.
Did you know - there’s something about the moon?
Elizabeth Siddal Remembered.
Snap! Which is the older of these two remarkably similar paintings?
The Doppelgänger - the creative self behind the door.
Du Bist Die Ruh - one work, 3 great artists.
The Divine Mr Beardsley.
Those Dull Victorians? Well, no, not really.
Gothic Revival and the Town Halls of the North.
Pauline Trevelyan - A Diary Entry.
Caspar David Friedrich ‘Die Lebensstufen’ (1835).