Comus in Art

Miltonists will be very interested in Jan Piggott’s new study of the artistic impact of Milton’s Comus:

Piggott, Jan. “Milton's Comus: from Text to Stage, the Fine Arts, and Book-illustration, c. 1750-1850.” [23 illustrations] British Art Journal XV.2 (Winter 2014-15), 18-32.

This essay reflects the remarkably sustained involvement of the Fine Arts with Milton’s composition, suggesting an impact far greater than its modest status in literary criticism. Above all it makes clear from its artistic reflections that the work has had a sustained performance history, which has inspired many of these treatments (including several modern productions at U.C. Berkeley, as recorded on our website at http://miltonrevealed.berkeley.edu). The essay should prove to be a required reference for all future treatments of the Masque. With best wishes, Hugh Richmond