Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Why the Birth of Shakespeare Is the Birth of Modern Art
April 23, 2014, marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers of all time and an inescapable influence not just on literature, but also on every
form of culture since the 19th century. Although the canon of plays was more or less established with the publication of The First Folio in 1623, Shakespeare had to wait for larger acclaim until the Romantic era of the 1800s, when critics such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and August Wilhelm Schlegel first spread the Gospel of Will which would soon blossom into full bardolatry.
In many ways, the Romantic era never ended and we are the “last”
Romantics, full of ideas of individuality, imagination, and even love
that would be totally foreign to the classical world. Even those who
accept that the Romantic era’s over see it as a Post-Romantic era, a
time defined by what it can no longer be. This Romantic or
Post-Romantic world gave birth to Modern art. So, by an almost Biblical
series of begats, you can say that the birth of Shakespeare is the
birth of Modern art, the birth of how we see the world within and the
world without today. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Why the Birth of Shakespeare Is the Birth of Modern Art."