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Thou Hast Fulfilled the Judgment of the Wicked. Plate 16 from the Illustrations of the Book of Job

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Thou Hast Fulfilled the Judgment of the Wicked. Plate 16 from the Illustrations of the
Book of Job

Artist: William Blake (British, 1757 - 1827)

Date: 1825
Medium: Engraving
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 7/16 x 10 9/16in. (36.7 x 26.8cm)
Image: 7 3/16 x 5 7/8in. (18.3 x 14.9cm)
Signed: Lower right: 'W Blake inv & sculp'
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root
Object number: 53.9
Label Text
Blake's illustrations for the Hebrew bible's Book of Job are considered his greatest graphic achievement. The line of text at the bottom of this print is part of Elihu's rebuke of Job for behaving poorly when God tested his faith. Blake apparently did not feel constrained to adhere to the biblical text because the central image depicts the fall of Satan, an event not mentioned in Job. The inverted, plunging figure recalls Michelangelo's Last Judgment fresco (1534-41) at the Sistine Chapel, Rome.

PDS
May 2012


William Blake was an English visionary artist and poet whose interpretation in words and pictures of the Old Testament story of Job contains his most mature and direct statement of a theme that is central to all his work--the spiritual and psychological development of mankind. In December 1938 Edward Root wrote from his home in Clinton, N.Y. to print dealer Carl Zigrosser, then director of the Weyhe Gallery in New York, saying that he wanted to purchase several of Blake's Job prints "for teaching."

PDS
Februry 2005
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