michaelgriffith (michaelgriffith) wrote,

Blake Blogs in Honour of the Book of Job

What a wonderful attentive group you were today in your appreciation of the rare complete set of Blake Job prints held in the Print Room of the NSW Art Gallery. I had a strong feeling that many of you were awe-struck by the amazing intricacy and depth of Blake's' work in this form of art. I have included an image here of one of the engravings that Blake turned into this powerful watercolour.

Here are the focussed questions designed to help you get the most out of your visit to the Art Gallery. As you will see below these can also be a stimuls for your Blake Blog this week. (PS. Remember that I have put many of the Blake Plates up into a special Blackboard Learning Module).

1/ Find as many examples of you can in the plates you explore of Blake privileging the arts and imagination as a means whereby Job finds his spiritual renewal.
2/ How does Blake show us his attitude to all the characters that are presented in his plates. Make a list of a few characters that you think you can identify and describe the way they are presented. What does this show you of Blake’s attitude?
3/ Find two of the Job prints that you personally find especially appealing. Chose them from different sections of the Job journey. See if you can determine all the elements of visual symbolism in these two engravings, asking yourself how these elements seem to support the stage of the story in which they appear.

1/ Chose any of the above questions and tailor these to a manageable, short critical commentary on any of the Job engravings.
2/ Imagine yourself in the role of any one of the following characters and write a letter to one of the other characters on the topic “The Job Engravings”
William Blake
Catherine Blake
John Linnell
George III
William Wordsworth
Tony Abbott
3/ Take a quoted line from any one of Blake’s Job Engravings (eg “Hath the Rain a Father & who hath begotten the Drops of Dew” Plate 13) and using the subject of the engraving from which you have taken your line as your starting point, write a poem or short prose passage, which captures the essence of what you think Blake is representing in this plate.

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