MFP: Literature and Art

Literature and art are two subjects that go perfectly hand in hand. Illustrations in books have represented the stories and added to the understanding and imagination of the viewer for centuries. If the books themselves aren’t illustrated, art will be made based on the story, either by someone the author chooses or by the fans. Fandom is something we studied last year, focusing on the way fans will take a book or film they love and remould it into what they see in their mind.

Many famous paintings have been based on a book previously written, for example ‘The Death of Ophilia’, by Sir John Everett Millais. This painting is based on a character in Shakespeares play, Hamlet and has been widely celebrated.

John_Everett_Millais_-_Ophelia_-_Google_Art_ProjectLiterature’s depiction is not limited to paintings, sculptures, photography and illustration have all been used to represent the stories on paper. Rodins ‘Gates of Hell’ is based on Dantes Inferno.


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