Dirk Puehl‘s Today’s Memory
William Blake’s birthday
Originally shared by Dirk Puehl
28 November 1757, #onthisday the poet, painter and printer William Blake was born in London.
While emotion and reason, sensibility and sense, the antagonistic brothers, fought for dominance in the arts of the late 18th century, the ideal of „noble simplicity and quiet grandeur” of Neoclassicism asserted itself and antique imagery was at least as omnipresent as during the Renaissance. Scriptural symbolism and prophetic visions were not exactly en vogue. Pietistic movements and religiousness were certainly there and engagement with religion played a major role in the works of artists who felt obliged to the Age of Enlightenment and the revolutionary movements of the day, always good for a public scandal, as well as for the first Romantics some of whom soon developed their very own approach on religion and the divine, but prophetic visions of Old Testamentarian vehemence and off-hooked enthusiasm stood out, even among the outré romanticists. William Blake was different.
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