In order to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, people are spending time indoors and many people are unleashing their creative spirit. To tackle boredom, people are finding solace in the arms of arts.
There are several well-known geniuses who actually produced some of their masterpieces while in quarantine or another type of forced isolation. The account of these incredible people producing remarkable work in a similar situation to what we are currently in, will provide a ray of hope to everyone.
In 1665, when Newton was a studying at Cambridge University, London was experiencing its last major epidemic of the bubonic plague. Newton went to Woolsthorpe Manor which is an hour away. He spent 18 months, putting his nose to the grindstone and studying very seriously. The inception of his widely accepted theory of gravity was found here. He even wrote some of his papers on calculus which wasn’t discovered at that time.
If the claims on the internet is to be believed, Shakespeare wrote his famous ‘King Lear’ while in quarantine. Even though it can’t be completely proven, it is believable as Shakespeare was witness to a number of plagues during his lifetime. During some of his most productive times, the beautiful city of London was in lockdown due to bubonic plague outbreak.
In late 1606, the first performance of King Lear did come on the heels of a London outbreak that summer.
The renowned Mexican artist endured a lot of misfortune in her life. She contracted polio at the age of 6 which resulted in her first lengthy period of forced bed rest. Later when Frida was 12 years old, the bus she was riding in, collided with a street car. She suffered serious injuries from the accident, including a fractured spine and pelvis. She was again confided to bed. Historians speculate that it was during this period that Kahlo who was a medicine student, fell in love with arts. According to biography.com, she painted her self-portrait during the recovery period. Infact, she used the mirror above her bed for reference.