By A. S. Byatt
Born a new release aside within the mid-1800s, Fortuny and Morris have been seeming opposites: Fortuny a Spanish aristocrat overjoyed by means of the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; Morris a member of the British bourgeoisie, enthralled by means of Nordic myths. via their innovative innovations and textiles, either males encouraged a brand new number of artwork that's as remarkable this present day as while it used to be first conceived. during this stylish meditation, Byatt lines their genius correct to the source.
Fortuny’s Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice is a warren of darkish areas imbued with the wealthy colorations of Asia. In his attic workshop, Fortuny created tricky designs from gleaming silks and velvets; within the palazzo he discovered “happiness in a glittering cavern” along the French version who turned his spouse and collaborator, together with at the recognized “Delphos” dress—a flowing, pleated costume that evoked the period of classical Greece.
Morris’s purple residence outdoor London, with its Gothic turrets and mystery gardens, helped encourage his beautiful floral and geometric styles; it likewise represented a coming jointly of existence and paintings. however it was once a “sweet easy previous position” known as Kelmscott Manor within the geographical region that he enjoyed best—even while it grew to become the surroundings for his wife’s love affair with the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Generously illustrated with the artists’ appealing designs—pomegranates and acanthus, peacock and vine—among different features in their worlds, this marvel-filled publication brings the visions and concepts of Fortuny and Morris to bright life.
From the Hardcover edition.