William Blake

Job's evil dream of Satan worshipped as God

Job's evil dream of Satan worshipped as God by William Blake

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This is considered to be one of the most famous and inspired images in the series. Job dreams of a vision of God, but instead of a figure bathed in glory, he is half devil with cloven hooves, who hovers over Job's sleeping form as if to suffocate him. God's outstretched arms highlight the choice for Job - to writhe with sinners in the flames of Hell, or strive for a less-clearly defined Heaven, its view impeded by the intertwined serpent who destroyed the Paradise of Adam and Eve. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Job's evil dream of Satan worshipped as God
Production date
213 x 164 mm
(below image - on plate) W. Blake invenit & sculp (l.l.). (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
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No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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