Howard Pyle: American master, studente di Firenze

6 March 2019 - 18:00

Lecture in English by Jeffrey Pike


Howard Pyle was the most influential American illustrator of his generation. His 1883 version of the Robin Hood legend turns the bandit into a hero and remains in print to this day; it became the inspiration for nearly all of the Robin Hood interpretations that have followed. Similarly, Pyle’s four-volume version of the King Arthur myths, and his illustrations of pirate tales, have had a direct influence on popular films in the 20th century and beyond. Vincent Van Gogh collected Pyle’s illustrations from Harper’s Weekly magazine, and wrote about them in 12 letters to his brother Theo, writing that he aspired to be as good an illustrator as Pyle. Howard Pyle died in Florence in 1911.


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