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"Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know" und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

"Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know"
22 x 30 inch (w x h)
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Marker and Pastel on Paper

After spending the summer of 1816 in Switzerland, Byron moved to Italy, where he lived for the next seven years, in Venice, Ravenna, Pisa, and finally Genoa. During this period, he wrote several major poems, including his masterpiece, Don Juan, a long meander full of humor and wicked satire, published serially from 1819 till his death. Byron’s works wielded enormous influence on the romantic movement, and on the development of European poetry.
After the death of Percy Shelley in 1822, Byron became involved with the Greek Revolution, a war of independence waged by Greek insurgents against the Ottoman Empire. He is shown here in the garb of a Greek soldier. Behind him, flying the Greek flag, is the ruin of the ancient Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, where Byron’s name is carved on a column. In the distance, the sinking caves of Matala, in Crete, serve as a warning of the potential consequences of present-day global warming.
Throughout Europe, there was great sympathy for the Greek struggle for independence, primarily because of the strong influence that ancient Greece exerted on European cultural history. Byron lent his name, prestige and wealth to the cause, and was among several aristocrats to take up arms in support.
Byron’s death in 1824 from fever, early in the war, served to increase European support for Greek independence, leading Western powers to intervene. Although his body was brought back to England and buried at Newstead Abbey, Byron remains a hero in Greece to this day.
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