Creativity, Duty Calls, Science

So beautiful, it’s almost science

JMW Turner: The Festival of the Opening of the Vintage of Macon

In today’s Guardian I read about a new Turner biography written by James Hamilton.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is famous for his energetic land- and seascapes. And what’s more..

..fresh research suggests JMW Turner’s work was also rooted in groundbreaking scientific theories.

Well, sure, why not? It seems Turner had many scientists as friends and it’s not surprising at all that some of the things they have told him may have made it into his paintings.

But now here comes the greatest compliment you can make an artist:

Hamilton said Turner’s sun was more than art – it was almost experimental science.

Wow! Your art is so great, it’s almost science. Almost!

What hubris!



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