William Blake

Behemoth and Leviathan

Behemoth and Leviathan by William Blake

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God enables Job to look down on earth to view the wonders of his creation. The Behemoth is represented as a kind of hippopotamus, and represents the forces of the land. Its stylised form derives, like many other interpretations of the theme, from Durer's famous woodcut of a rhinoceros (1515), while the Leviathan is a great sea monster, not dissimilar to the serpent in Job's Evil Dream, rising out of the deep. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Behemoth and Leviathan
Artist/creator
Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
214 x 162 mm
Inscription
(below image - on plate) W. Blake invenit & sculpt (l.r.). (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
1980/10/15
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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