The notion here is to supply the Yeatsian visual vocabulary by providing as many links as possible to images of places and objects that appear in his work. One crucial lack so far is the large number of art works that appear in the two major Dublin galleries, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Municipal Gallery. As far as I can determine, neither of these institutions has yet posted images from its collection on the web, nor have I found them in any of the various virtual museums. If anyone can help with these or any other Yeatsian images, please email me.

Yeats and the visual arts

The Poems

Urbino's windy hill

picture of Urbino

Michelozzo's latest plan

the San Marco library, Florence

In the green shadow of Ferrara wall

picture of a Ferrara wall

the steep street of Urbino
To where the duchess and her people talked

an Urbino street and the ducal palace

this altar-piece

Cosimo Tura's St George and the Dragon, Ferrara

sinew that has been pulled tight

tomb of Giuliano de'Medici (Night and Day)

tomb of Lorenzo de'Medici (Dusk and Dawn)

O sages standing in God's holy fire

frieze at S. Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

detail of Three Wise Men

A starlit or a moonlit dome

interior of dome of Hagia Sophia

A revolutionary soldier kneeling to be blessed.
An Abbot or Archbishop with an upraised hand
Blessing the Tricolour.

Lavery's The Blessing of the Colours

And here's John Synge himself, that rooted man
'Forgetting human words,' a grave deep face.

John Butler Yeats's portrait of Synge (b/w, alas)

half-awakened Adam

Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel

The lineaments of a plummet-measured face

funerary kouros


I had seen Dante's Dream...a picture painted when Rossetti had lost his dramatic power and to-day not very pleasing to me, and its coulour, its people, its romantic architecture had blotted all other pictures away.

Rossetti's Dante's Dream

Titian's Ariosto that I loved beyond other portraits...its grave look, as if waiting for some perfect final event

Titian's Ariosto

Was it he or his father who had possessed the Arab horses, painted by Stubbs?

detail from Stubbs's Mares and Foals in a Landscape


the lily in the hand of the angel

Rossetti's Ecce Ancilla Domini

When I close my eyes and pronounce the word 'Christianity' and await its unconscious suggestion, I do not see Christ crucified, or the good Shepherd from the catacombs, but a father and mother and their children, a picture by Leonardo da Vinci most often.

The Madonna of the Rocks

some flower of Botticelli's, perhaps, that seems a separate intellectual existence

La Primavera

the face of the Virgin in Siennese painting, preserving, after the supporting saints had lost it, a Byzantine character

Duccio's Maesta

the Spiritual dawn

Raphael's Camera della Segnatura

I have never blamed the brothers Carracci for painting the butcher's shop they came from

Annibale Carracci's The Butcher's Shop

all the world's power in their moving bodies, and in a movement that seemed, so were the hearts of man and beast set upon it, that of a dance

the cavalcade of the Parthenon frieze

A Vision

a precocious and abundant man

Masaccio's Expulsion from Paradise

faces disfigured by their suffering

detail of Masaccio's Expulsion from Paradise

deliberate strangeness

Botticelli's Nativity

Angels and shepherds embracing

detail of Botticelli's Nativity

the materialistic movement...all that has its very image and idol in Bernini's big altar in St. Peter's

Bernini's Cathedra Petri

figures contorted and convulsed by religion as though by the devil

detail of the Cathedra Petri

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