The origins of art are as perplexing as the inception of language itself. Once upon a time, writes James Elkins in On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art, in every place, and in every time, art was religious; for about eight thousand years ago, Asia, Africa, and Europe were full of sculpted deities and totemic representations: “According to various accounts… people left offerings, built altars, and chipped at rocks and bones to make images of gods” (5). It...
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is considered to be the founder of English empiricism. He belonged to a noble English family. Bacon’s father was a major dignitary – the guardian lord of the great royal seal. Bacon spent his young years in France, where he witnessed the struggle between Catholics and Huguenots. Returning to England, he began to pursue a political career, first as a lawyer, and then as a member of the House of Commons, lived at the turn of the...
While I don’t usually draw from visual sources whilst creating artworks, there is a fair amount of inspiration taken from the proposed notions of acclaimed artists who have come before. In the instance of most of my works – which tend to have a surrealist/otherworldly focus with underlying emotional symbolism – I tend to take inspiration from the likes of Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon, who’s works tamper with the ideas of otherworldly concepts (In the case of Bosch) and...
The Pursuit of Anti-Aging Immortality has been a recurring aspiration since the ancient Greeks. The Fountain of Youth is a myth about a fountain that can restore the youth of its drinker that has its roots in ancient Greece. The search for this mythical fountain inspired explorations across cultures. There are also scientific roots in the alchemical endeavor to create an Elixir of Life, a way to prolong life. During the 16th century, philosopher Francis Bacon advocated for “extracting nature’s...
Francis Bacon was born into a prominent wealthy family in London, England, on January 2, 1561. He was the family’s youngest son. Bacon’s father was Sir Nicholas Bacon, who held the powerful government position of Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. His mother was Anne Cooke, a scholar, translator, and holder of strong Puritan beliefs. She tried hard to ensure that her children were as well-educated and as puritanical as she was. Anne Cooke’s father had been tutor to King...
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Charles Lamb and Francis Bacon hold prestigious positions in the list of English essayists. Bacon is referred to as the ‘Father of English Essays’ while Lamb is called as ‘Prince of English Essayists’. Though, their essays bear uniqueness in themes and style owing to their different literary ages yet in a few places their manners implicitly overlap. Bacon belonged to the Renaissance age which is why we see rationalism, wit, and impersonal argumentations predominant in his essays. Bacon belonged to...
Francis Bacon was born in 1561 in London. He was a great essayist, scientist, lawyer, statesman, philosopher and writer. He is named as ”father of English essays” because he was the first writer who wrote essays in English. Essays were greatly cared by Bacon during the Elizabethan age. His essays convey the worldly wisdom. Some of his most famous essays are: of truth, of death, of friendship, of revenge, of great place, of marriage and single life, etc. In his...
As times goes on, things change. People start to adapt things to suit their needs and changes are made where they are deemed necessary. One of the things that changed the way the world works is science, specifically in an event called the Scientific Revolution. The scientific revolution took place in Europe towards the end of the Renaissance and this phenomenon continued throughout the eighteenth century. The Scientific revolution was a series of events that marked the emergence of what...
Writhing with painful figures, Francis Bacon’s horror-fretted canvases are often grotesque and distorted in form. His subjects vary from religious figures to lovers and embody the anxiety of a post-war Britain. This essay will explore the concept of pain within Bacon’s paintings, both physical and emotional. The discomfort in Bacon’s paintings later goes on to inform the work of artists like David Lynch. The anguish and inner turmoil these artists represent can be seen looking back to the work of...