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William Blake Illuminated Prints: Jerusalem: Plate 78 - Fine Art Print For Sale
This reproduction is a new, individually printed and proofed, superior quality, giclee* process, fine art print.
It is printed on 100% cotton rag acid-free, heavyweight fine art paper with a luxurious textured watercolor paper finish and archival pigment inks to ensure permanence.
Created for collectors, it IS NOT A POSTER or mass produced print on low quality, inexpensive paper.
William Blake (1757– 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker of astonishing power and originality who has inspired generations of poets, painters and artists of all ages. Seen by the British public of his day as a combination of individualism and creativity his poem “Tyger” and verses to the hymn “Jerusalem” are still revered today. His prints, numerous illuminated books, drawings and paintings continue to appeal to a wide audience.
Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry has led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced".
Jerusalem, subtitled The Emanation of the Giant Albion, was the last, longest, and greatest in scope of the prophetic books written and illustrated by the poet, artist, and engraver William Blake. Blake's Anglo-Celtic Christian epic is amongst the world's great spiritual masterpieces. Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful illuminated books created since the middle ages.
The poem, which was produced between 1804 and 1820, consists of 100 etched and illustrated plates. This would be Blake's longest single work. The illustrated plates were made using Blake's self-devised technique of "illuminated printing". This required each copy to be individually colored and produced plate by plate.
Jerusalem tells the story of the fall of Albion, Blake's embodiment of man, Britain, or the western world as a whole. The poetic narrative takes the form of a "drama of the psyche", couched in the dense symbolism of Blake's self-constructed mythology.
Because it includes a cast of billions, Jerusalem can seem confusing. The poem does not have a linear plot. Characters morph in and out of each other. A character can be a person and a place. Jerusalem, the Emanation of Albion, is a woman and a city. Albion, "the Universal Humanity," is a man and a land (Britain). He contains twelve sons who co-inhere with the twelve tribes of Israel, as well as Four Zoas. Every Zoa (embodying a life principle) has an Emanation (a feminine figure through which the human can become divine).
Original Medium: Relief Etching, Pen and Watercolorson paper. Reproduction: Textured, Fine Art Paper, pigmentinks
Image Size: actual -9.7 x7.8 inches printed on larger paper to allow ample borders for matting and framing.
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**the giclee process produces a superior quality, fine art reproduction from a high-resolution digital file of an image. The file is then printed with a high-resolution photo generation printer on a fine art paper. Most artists and working photographers today use the giclee process to produce reproductions of their original artwork and photographs.
As with any original art or fine art reproduction, it is recommended that prints are framed and displayed under glass to prevent color fade or shift over the years.
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William Blake Illuminated Prints: Jerusalem: Plate 78 - Fine Art Print: $13