segunda-feira, dezembro 22, 2003
William Blake (British, 1757–1827), Nebuchadnezzar, 1795/ca.1805
As told in the book of Daniel (4: 31–33), God punished King Nebuchadnezzar—who defiantly built the glorious city of Babylon—by taking away his reason. Driven to the fields to eat grass, the former king became bestial, sprouting feathers and claws. (When he finally recognized the superiority of God, his reason was restored.) Blake derived the pose of the figure from a Dürer print; he might have intended the subject as a veiled reference to the madness of his own king, George III of England.
posted by Luís Miguel Dias segunda-feira, dezembro 22, 2003