The Aesthetic of the Sublime in Romantic Paintings


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What is the sublime?

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1. What did Edmund Burke realize about emotions like pain and fear.

2. How did Fuseli's 'Nightmare' challenge ideas about art?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These learning tools will assess your understanding of how Romantic painters depicted the concept of the sublime. Some of the things you'll be quizzed on include the definition of the sublime and the techniques used to capture this aesthetic in painting.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Definition of the sublime
  • What Edmund Burke realized about emotions like pain and fear
  • How Fuseli's 'Nightmare' challenged ideas about art
  • Compositional techniques used to create a sense of the sublime in painting
  • How Romantic landscape paintings captured the feeling of the sublime

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the concept of the sublime in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the composition of Romantic painting
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the sense of the sublime in Romantic art

Additional Learning

To learn more about this artistic aesthetic, review the corresponding lesson on the Aesthetic of the Sublime in Romantic Art. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the concept of the sublime in art
  • Explore the sublime imagination
  • Discuss the sublime landscape
  • Explore artistic techniques used to create a sense of the sublime