“Paintings were made of literature”

Robinson links art, literature Rachel Gilmore Yale Daily News April 15, 2009

In the crowded lecture hall at the Yale Center for British Art on Tuesday afternoon, Duncan Robinson, master of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge, delivered his first lecture, titled “Pen and Pencil: Writing and Painting in England, 1750-1850,”as part of the biennial Paul Mellon series. Robinson, the former director of the YCBA, explained how artists and writers both inspired and learned from each other.

“Paintings were made of literature,” Robinson said. “Poets cited art. Artists cited poems.”



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