Romanticism, by David Blayney Brown

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Perhaps it was the powerful individuality of artists between 1775-1830 that led to Romanticism being under-regarded as a movement in the visual arts. In this persuasive, beautifully illustrated book, Blayney Brown links the work of such idiosyncratic geniuses as Delacroix, Goya, Blake, Constable and Turner. His text elucidates some of the most striking images in art. Though David portrayed Napoleon leading his army over the Alps on a white steed, the Emperor was actually on a mule at the rear.