William Blake

Job rebuked by his friends

Job rebuked by his friends by William Blake

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The Romantic movement in eighteenth-century Western Europe was fascinated with ideas about intuition, emotion and mysticism, favouring subjective responses over the rational mind. Blake's The Book of Job draws on such interpretations of meaning alongside current debates over the Sublime, which reworked its original meaning as 'supreme beauty' into a new dynamic and powerful force, divinely inspired. The rhythmic composition of the accusers' outstretched arms has the repetitive effect of a Greek chorus and is extraordinarily expressive. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Job rebuked by his friends
Artist/creator
Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
215 x 162 mm
Inscription
(below image - on plate) W. Blake invenit & sculp (lower right margin). (below image) London. Published as the Act Directs March 8: 1825. by William Blake/N 3 Fountain Court Strand Proof.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/10/10
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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