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  • Titus Toledo @3:40AM, 2016-04-24
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    Inside the studio of William Blake 

    BBC Arts looks at a major exhibition on the life and work of William Blake. In this film BBC Arts tours Blake’s recreated studio, made from recently discovered plans, for the exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

    Blake saw medieval illustrated manuscripts during his apprenticeship at Westminster Abbey, and through his ‘illuminated printing’ process aspired to create comparable works.

    Blake’s uncompromising, innovative approach to bringing image and text together are revealed, as well as manuscripts and magnificent printed books gathered from museums around the world – many of which will be rested for ten years or more following this exhibition.

  • Spread @1:34AM, 2014-12-05
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    Blake’s epic visions of heaven and hell 


    Celebrated around the world as a literary monument, The Divine Comedy, completed in 1321 and written by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) is widely considered the greatest work ever composed in the Italian language. The epic poem describes Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, representing, on a deeper level, the soul’s path towards salvation.

    In the last few years of his life, Romantic poet and artist William Blake (1757–1827) produced 102 illustrations for Dante’s masterwork, from pencil sketches to finished watercolors. Like Dante’s sweeping poem, Blake’s drawings range from scenes of infernal suffering to celestial light, from horrifying human disfigurement to the perfection of physical form. While faithful to the text, Blake also brought his own perspective to some of Dante’s central themes.

    Today, Blake’s illustrations, left in various stages of completion at the time of his death, are dispersed among seven different institutions. This TASCHEN edition brings these works together again, alongside key excerpts from Dante’s masterpiece. Two introductory essays consider Dante and Blake, as well as other major artists who have been inspired by The Divine Comedy, including Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Doré and Auguste Rodin.

    With a close reading of Blake’s illustrations, and 14 fold-out spreads to allow the most delicate of details to dazzle, this is a breathtaking encounter with two of the finest artistic talents in history, as well as with such universal themes as love, guilt, punishment, revenge, and redemption.

    Get the TASCHEN edition here

  • Titus Toledo @3:11AM, 2014-03-08
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    “the tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way” –william blake


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