A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery in Prometheus

Advertisements A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery, Joseph Wright of Derby (oil on canvas, 1766) A key idea of the Age of Enlightenment—that empirical observation grounded in science and reason could best advance society—is expressed by the faces of the individuals in Joseph Wright of Derby’s A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery. David in this… Continue reading A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery in Prometheus

The Raft of Medusa in Prometheus

Advertisements The Raft of Medusa by Théodore Géricault (1818) Public Domain The travellers pass “the boundary that divides / the second from the third ring”  [Inf. 14.4-5] and see before them a witness to “the horrible art of justice”: a dread work that justice had devised [Inf. 14.6]. The third ring of the seventh circle is devoted… Continue reading The Raft of Medusa in Prometheus

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