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Henry Fuseli

1741–1825

Author of  'The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects',  published in 1550 in Florence, Italy

Florentine Painter, Architect and Historiographer

Influences - Sir Joshua Reynolds, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Paolo Veneziano,

Cause of Death -  Old Age

 
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 Henry Fuseli Biography

  He was born into a large artistic family, he had seventeen brothers and sisters, in Zurich, Switzerland. His father and uncles were well known portraits painters.  While in college studying to be a minister, Fuseli was forced to flee Switzerland in fear for his life after helping a friend to expose a corrupt Swiss official.  The ruling magistrates vindictive family vowed to cut off the young painters hands and poke out his eyes  so he could no longer paint. Fuseli escaped to Germany, working as a writer and illustrator. In 1765 he journeyed to Great Britain where he met the legendary English painter, Sir Joshua Reynolds, the famous artist convinced Fuseli to dedicate his life totally to art.

Fuseli's paintings were boldly original for their time. He was drawn to the mystical, and believed that his art-works were divinely inspired. According to his biographer, John Knowles, "On one occasion, the conversation turned upon ghosts and witches, in the existence of which he believed, and his argument was "that great and good men in all times had believed in them."
 

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References - The Life and Writings of Henry Fuseli By John Knowles