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Ruin Lust review – transience, doom and lyrical melancholy

The exhibition Ruin Lust at Tate Britain, which draws primarily on Tate works, explores artists’ and subsequently photographers’ fascination with the ruin, via works from JMW Turner to Tacita Dean and Jane and Louise Wilson and Fox Talbot to Paul Nash


J.M.W. Turner, The Slave Ship, 1840 i. Inspired by an actual incident during which slaves were cast overboard during a typhoon ii. Exhibited at an international anti-slavery conference whose goal was to end slavery around the world iii. Turner wrote a poem describing the scene (romanticism)


A Brief History of the Early Modern Era

Liberty Leading the People, painting by Eugene Delacroix, 1830, oil on canvas, in Louvre, Paris, France