Though I’m not necessarily the world’s biggest fan of Blake’s poetry, for some reason I adore his illustrations. Particularly Ancient of Days.
This lord measures out the heavens with wisdom and care and a venerable control, and yet he strains with a virile wildness. The agressively stylized composition, pounding colours and angular balance all present a god of focused ferocity. In some ways a goodly charicature of the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: The god of Leah, Rahab and Jael. The god of Ishmael, Esau and Cain. The god who crushed the head of the Deceiver by hanging a dragon on a tree to die. Wise but never hesitant: Good but hardly Nice.