Simon Schama on art’s return to the barricades | Curio
News and insights read out for you.
10,000+ audio articles. 50+ world-leading publications.

All in 1 subscription.

Financial Times logo

Simon Schama on art’s return to the barricades

18 mins | Sep 9, 2020
story image

How the passionate creativity of the Romantics helped us to reimagine politics. "Romantic art's reliance on emotional connection, its preference for imaginative heat over cool calculation, the fellowship of the crowd over individual reasoning, all made it the perfect vehicle for the age of democratic mobilisation while also liberating the visceral passion of popular nationalism." The renowned historian, Simon Schama, reflects for the Financial Times on why we need the spirit of the Romantics now more than ever.

Get unlimited access free for 7 days, then $8.33/month (billed annually)
Get started