The Art of Moby-Dick

30 Apr

The great Leviathan is that one creature in the world which must remain unpainted to the last.—Herman Melville

If you are interested in visual representations of Melville’s classic.  This is the book for you.  Elizabeth A Schultz has compiled a “stunning array of book illustrations, prints, comics, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, and even architectural designs.” (quote taken from Amazon’s book description)

I confess that I haven’t done much reading of the text of this book, but I have spent time enjoying the collections of illustrations.

Flipping through Unpainted to the Last is a little like walking through an art museum dedicated to Moby-Dick.  The book contains every type of art imaginable.  Some examples are pen and ink or painted illustrations from various editions of the novel.

Some three dimensional representations are made from bronze, or wood, or… produce!  There are samples of a work from a graphic novel version of the book, and there are instances where The Whale was used as the basis for political cartoons.

Melville painted pictures with words and artists are inspired by those words to paint pictures.

1 Comment

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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One response to “The Art of Moby-Dick

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    April 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    That book looks really fascinating. Thanks for sharing that title.


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