Term in use by the early nineteenth century to describe the movement in art and literature distinguished by a new interest in human psychology, expression of personal feeling and interest in the natural world
Introduction to Romanticism
This complex shift in attitudes away from the dominant classical tradition was at its height from about 1780 to 1830, but continued to be an influence long after that. The overall characteristic was a new emotionalism in contrast to the prevailing ideas of classical restraint.
In British art, Romanticism was embraced in new responses to nature in the art of John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. Visionary artist William Blake examined man’s place in the cosmos and his relationship to God as well as exploring new ways of looking at human history. Other significant painters of history subjects were Henry Fuseli, James Barry and John Hamilton Mortimer.
Romanticism for kids
These blog posts, games and activites are a fun and simple way to introduce the work of J.M.W Turner to kids, whether in the classroom or at home.
Who is J.M.W Turner?
Was Turner the ‘greatest (painter) of the age?’ This Tate Kids blog post lets you be the judge, whilst being a great short introduction to his work.
Play and create
This fun informative game inspires kids to discover the everyday elements of Turner’s paintings.
Kids can create a portable sunset box, Turner style.