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Behold Now Behemoth Which I Made with Thee. Plate 15 from the Illustrations of the Book of Job

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Behold Now Behemoth Which I Made with Thee. Plate 15 from the Illustrations of the
Book of Job

Artist: William Blake (British, 1757 - 1827)

Date: Published March 8, 1825
Medium: Engraving
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 5/16 x 13 7/16in. (46.5 x 34.1cm)
Image: 7 7/8 x 5 15/16in. (20 x 15.1cm)
Signed: Lower right: 'W Blake invenit & sculpt'
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root
Object number: 53.8
Label Text
The twenty-two engravings Blake made to illustrate the Hebrew bible's Book of Job are considered his greatest graphic achievement. This book narrates the trials of Job whose faith God challenged in numerous ways. It is considered one of the greatest stories in world literature. Blake based this image on the passage in Job 40 that describes Behemoth, a mythical beast that was created by God, but was too powerful for the mortal Job to ever control.

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May 2012

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