William Blake

The Fall of Satan

The Fall of Satan by William Blake

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This print is described as a masterpiece of Blake's oeuvre as an engraver. The swirling lines and dramatic contrasts of light and dark lead us from God to the dark tumbling figure of Satan and his evil followers as they descend once more to the fires of Hell. Job and his family draw back as if a hot wind is passing them, leading our gaze back past the hovering angels to the heavenly realm once more. Like so many of his prints, the Book of Job derived from initial watercolours that Blake made on the same theme. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
The Fall of Satan
Artist/creator
Production date
1825
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
197 x 162 mm
Inscription
(below image - on plate) W. Blake inv & sculp (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
1980/10/16
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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