In his Illuminated Books, William Blake combined text and imagery on a single page in a way that had not been done since the Middle Ages. For Blake, religion and politics, intellect and emotion, mind and body were both unified and in conflict with ...
each other: his work is expressive of his personal mythology, and his methods of conveying it were integral to its meaning. There is no comparison with reading books such as Jerusalem, America, and Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Blake's own medium, infused with his sublime and exhilarating colors. Tiny figures and forms dance among the lines of the text, flames appear to burn up the page, and dense passages of Biblical-sounding text are brought to a jarring halt by startling images of death, destruction, and liberation. Blake's hope that his books would obtain wide circulation was unfulfilled: some exist only in unique copies and none was printed in more than very small numbers. Now, for the first time, the plates from the William Blake Trust's Collected Edition have been brought together in a single volume, with transcripts of the texts and an introduction by the noted scholar David Bindman. A major retrospective exhibition of Blake's work can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (March-June 2001). 400 color illustrations.
Includes: Jerusalem Songs of Innocence and of Experience All Religions are One There is No Natural Religion The Book of Thel The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Visions of the Daughters of Albion America a Prophecy Europe a Prophecy The Song of Los Milton a Poem The Ghost of Abel On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil Laocoon The First Book of Urizen The Book of Ahania The Book of Los
It is at best a half-hearted attempt to turn William Blake's copyright-free materials into a door stopper of coffee table book. The reproduction quality is good, but after a few delightful pages of Blake's original illuminated books withIt is at best a half-hearted attempt to turn William Blake's copyright-free materials into a door stopper of coffee table book. The reproduction quality is good, but after a few delightful pages of Blake's original illuminated books with corresponding transcription in modern type, it looked as if the editor had found it too expensive to continue this way beyond these teasers and dumped all the rest of the transcription in the back. I hope someone will find it worth his while to do it properly....Continua Nascondi