FUSELI, John Henry
(b. 1741, Zurich, d. 1825, London)

The Artist Moved by the Grandeur of Antique Fragments

1778-79
Red chalk on sepia wash, 415 x 355 mm
Kunsthaus, Zurich

The young Henry Fuseli, in the late 1770s, portrayed himself reduced to despair before the vastness of Rome's remains. Since he had spent eight years studying in the city, his awe was doubtless exaggerated, but it was also a premonition of the powerful emotions that were to be released in his art.