English printmaker, painter and poet. His reputation as a visual artist
increased during the 20th century to the extent that his art is as well
known as his poetry. Yet in his own mind Blake never completely
separated the two, and his most original work is to be found in
hand-printed books of prophecy, which developed a personal mythology of
limitless intellectual ambition. In these books, text and design are
completely integrated in what he called ‘illuminated’ printing. He also
made many pen and watercolour drawings, prints in various media and a
small number of tempera paintings, but even in these his broader aims
were primarily theological and philosophical: he saw the arts in all
their forms as offering insights into the metaphysical world and
therefore potentially redemptive of a humanity he believed to have
fallen into materialism and doubt.
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed
with the Sun
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