Heather Lemonedes Chief Curator
William Blake (British, 1757-1827)
tempera on canvas, Overall: 38.5 x 26.5 cm (15 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 2017.4
The energy and awe with which the evangelist Saint Matthew responds to the angel presenting the divinely inspired text echoes William Blakeâ€™s attitude toward artistic inspiration. From childhood Blake experienced visions that are reflected in the otherworldliness of his work. While Blake was not embraced by the fine art establishment, a small group of patrons believed in his genius and commissioned works in which his unusual visions had free rein.
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