Visions of Heaven and Hell
William Blake was a visionary genius of unprecedented talent and inspiration. Now, for the first time in two decades, The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City announces the exhibit "William Blake's World: A New Heaven Is Begun," a collection of over a hundred rare engravings and watercolors by the Romantic Era's most imaginative artist.
Blake created a comprehensive mythology based on his mystical visions and innovative interpretations of scripture and art. His work was at once original, revolutionary, and biblical in scope and grandeur.
The show includes a collection of Blake’s engravings, artwork by his friends and followers, the twenty-one watercolors of The Book of Job, illustrations of Milton’s “L'Allegro” and “Il Penseroso,” and the illuminated books America, Europe, and The Song of Los, together comprising “The Continental Prophecies” trilogy, as well as The First Book of Urizen, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Book of Thel and several others.
"William Blake's World: A New Heaven Is Begun" is on view until January 3, 2010. An online exhibition is also available.
Image: "The Ancient of Days," from the Morgan Library and Museum.