The Divine Comedy, Dante, William Blake
William Blake is a multifaceted artist. As a poet, painter and engraver, he was born in 1757 and died in 1827, having been able to complete these illustrations of the Divine Comedy of Dante. During his lifetime, he was appreciated and supported by those brothers and a few patrons such Linell or Butts.
It was at his death his work was recognized, these poems illuminated these mystical prints, through its high water technical relief that he himself invented to print at home cheaply. Blake is said to be inspired by these visions. He created his own mythology, and painted a world full of mysticism. History painter, he appropriates legendary periods and includes in his imagination. Protester nature, it is violently opposed to institutions, the monarchy, the academic and the social will of person's recognition as a unit and not as a set of individuals with different personalities. William Blake is an artist who is part of the Romantic Movement. Romanticism is a current whose major themes are the evocation of extreme states of nature and sustainable enthusiasm for the Middle Ages.
[...] The merger, interlacing patterns between the lines, as well as calligraphy recalls the methods familiar to medieval illuminators and synthesizes the two modes of expression of Blake. These representations can be paralleled with work dating it from the end of the Middle Ages. The similarities in the colors, layout and floral decorations are predominant and perfectly visible. [...]
[...] The representation of the muscular body highlighted by sometimes sharp shadows and colors, sometimes dark is a constant at Blake, as well as the rounded shapes. By these illustrations of the Divine Comedy of Dante, William Blake created a mythology which representation reflects the mystical visions they saw while inspired by medieval art, or the Gothic style. Indeed, William Blake said he draw his creative energy of these mystical visions s. Specifically, its unique imagination found in these works come from hallucination or divine revelation he receives from God or angels. [...]
[...] This is evident by the presence of calligraphic letters, the layout of the text as the image is quite simple, as are the colors used as well as the plot. Blake was able to better draw, this false simplicity was therefore a desire to return to the primitive and naive art of the Middle Ages. One can perceive more about poetry and calligraphy letters, the predominance of floral decoration, or sometimes animal like the poem The Tiger. The simplicity of the floral decorations, such as human representations are here as intended by the artist. [...]
[...] The Divine Comedy of Dante - William Blake (1824-1827) The Divine Comedy of Dante by William Blake illustration (1824-1827). William Blake is a multifaceted artist. As a poet, painter and engraver, he was born in 1757 and died in 1827, having been able to complete these illustrations of the Divine Comedy of Dante. During his lifetime, he was appreciated and supported by those brothers and a few patrons such Linell or Butts. It was at his death his work was recognized, these poems illuminated these mystical prints, through its high water technical relief that he himself invented to print at home cheaply. [...]
[...] Watercolor punishment of thieves, symbolizes everything that has made reputation Blake. We see the theme of hell and the devil represented here in the form of snakes wrapping women who committed the crime of stealing. The bodies are perfectly proportioned and designed, and musculature is apparent. In addition, the forms are swirling and rolling, breaking with the rectilinear forms of Greek art considered perfect by the classics. Blake had a passion for Greek art, but he nevertheless considered too mathematics and mechanics. [...]
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