Poetry, Prose and Painting: Links Between Literature and Art

Art and Literature Links – PDF

Art and Literature Links – Word document

Click here to access a booklet containing fourteen paintings that can be linked to different texts from the GCSE English Literature curriculum (click here to access an editable Word version).  I made the resource to use as a starting point for wider discussions on the presentation of key themes.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

For example, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (above), vividly illustrates of the dangers of pride and ambition, and could therefore be linked to Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein.  I’ve made brief notes at the foot of each painting.  To edit them, just download the Word version of the document.

Here’s a full list of everything I’ve included:

  1. Sethos I Before Horus, by Unknown Artist (c.1280 BCE)
  2. Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci (1503)
  3. Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1558)
  4. Experiment with a Bird in an Air Pump, by Joseph Wright of Derby (1768)
  5. Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, by Caspar David Friedrich (1818)
  6. Anatomical Pieces, by Théodore Géricault (1818-20)
  7. Norwegian Mountain Landscape, by Johan Cristian Dahl (1819)
  8. The City, by August Strindberg (1903)
  9. Metropolis, by George Grosz (1916-17)
  10. Invasion Pattern, Normandy, by Eric Aldwinckle (1945)
  11. Izzy Orts, by Edward Burra (1955)
  12. Painting 150, by Manolo Millares (1961)
  13. War, by Marc Chagall (1964-66)
  14. View of Madrid from Torres Blancas, by Edward Burra (1976-82)

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