Unparalleled: William Blake’s Story in His Own Pictures

Title:
William Blake

Author:
Kathleen Raine

Publisher:
Thames & Hudson

Prophet, poet, painter, engraver, William Blake (1757–1827) was an artist of uniquely powerful imagination and far-reaching creative gifts. His work expresses the spiritual drama of the English national being, integrating poetry and visual art in a sustained work of visionary creativity unparalleled in English art history. Part of the excellent World of Art series, this classic study details the enriching effect of mystical, alchemical and gnostic philosophy on Blake’s art, unraveling the complex, deeply felt symbolism expressed in his paintings and prints and describing the powerful impact of this extraordinary artist’s reading of Dante, Milton and the Bible.