Monday, April 19, 2010

Exotic Orient

Like many other artists of this time the Scottish painter David Roberts (1796–1864) traveled in the early 19th century to Egypt. But different from others he intended from the beginning to sell his artwork later as lithographs to a greater public. And as true son of the romantic movement he drew dramatic sketches of exotic ruins, still covered with paintings and half buried in the sand. Maybe he was the first to discover the special attraction of exotic ruins at all.

Probably it was due to this combination of romantic interpretation and (unromantic) mass production that Roberts gained this enormous influence on the iconography of ruins. Without his artworks many modern films and videogames like Tombraider or Indiana Jones would have a different look.

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