The Angel of Melancholy

The Angel of Melancholy is an ink drawing by Gavin Jones, based on the central figure in Dürer’s famous print
Angel of Melancholy (after Dürer) – ink on paper: Gavin Jones

Three Quotes on Melancholy: Plath, Wilde, Lorca

The Angel of Melancholy is the central figure in Albrecht Dürer’s print ‘Melencholia I’, of 1514. Throughout the work are symbols related to different aspects of the melancholic humour. The print, housed in the British Museum, features in the novel ‘Unfinished Paintings’.

“I laugh and my lipstick leaves a red stain like a bloody crescent moon on the top of the beer can.” Sylvia Plath

“The gods are strange. It is not our vices only they make instruments to scourge us. They bring us ruin through what in us is good, gentle, humane, loving.” Oscar Wilde.

“This is the wreath of love, this bed of thorns is where I dream of you stealing my rest, haunting these sunken ribs cargoed with grief. ” Federico Garcia Lorca.

To view the British Museum image bank page for Albrecht Dürer’s print, Melencholia I, click HERE

The Angel of Melancholy is the latest in the series of image/quote pieces introducing concepts in the novel ‘Unfinished Paintings’ (released June 25th). if you wish to order a signed copy of the book, email me at

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