|Birth Year : 1741
Death Year : 1825
Country : Switzerland
Henry Fuseli was Swiss by birth but worked in England for many years,
becoming a Royal Academician in 1790. Born Füssli-a name which he
later Italianized into its present version-he became a clergyman (ordained
in 1761) at the insistence of his father, who was a painter. Fuseli revolted
against this enforced career and, in 1763, began studying art in Berlin
before moving to England where he worked as an engraver and translator.
It was in England that he met Sir Joshua Reynolds,
who encouraged his artistic career. In 1770 Fuseli went to Rome where he
spent the next eight years copying the works of his idol, Michelangelo.
After his return to England he soon became well known for his exotic and
Romantic scenes, painted in a pseudo-mannerist style, in which his imaginative
power far outstripped his artistic ability.
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