The immortality of Nelson by Benjamin West

The immortality of Nelson

Benjamin West

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The immortality of Nelson

Benjamin West

Although the victory at Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, was a cause for national celebration, for Britain it also resulted in the loss of Nelson. His death at the height of his fame inspired a cult of hero-worship and images of Nelson were used to elevate him. Similarly the function of this apotheosis was to use allegory to this end. West has adapted the classical reading of an apotheosis to emphasize both heroism and sacrifice. He has reinforced the message by creating a composition expressing Nelson's nautical achievements.
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  • Image ref: BHC2905
  • National Maritime Museum

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