Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Paintings of William Blake

Some believe William Blake is the greatest British visual artist in history.  Both his poetry and his paintings are considered part of the Romantic period. All of his works have a spiritual or mystical tone.

He created a series of watercolor paintings called "The Great Red Dragon" between 1805 and 1810 that depict various scenes from the book of Revelation in the Bible.

The Dragon ready to devour the child of the pregnant woman - Revelation 12

The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea
Blake painted "The Ghost of a Flea" at the request of painter John Varley who, upon hearing Blake's descriptions of visions, asked him to paint a depiction of one of the creatures in his visions.

 Blake's depiction of the Bible story of Cain and Abel. This is a watercolor created on wood.

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve
The paintings I show above are such a small representation of Blake's work.  He created over 100 pieces for Dante's Divine Comedy alone. 

The video below showcases several more but it is well worth the time to look around the internet to find more of his work.  The music accompanying this video is Vivaldi: Gloria.


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