In Blake’s “The Lacoon,” the graffiti artist scrawls on the lower left margin of the image, “Israel deliverd from Egypt is Art deliverd from Nature & Imitation” (352). What does this cryptic analogy imply about Blake’s attitude toward art’s political and religious dimension, especially in the context of his scornful reaction to Sir Joshua Reynold’s definition of artistic genius?

The post is due this Wednesday, 8/28, by 10:00am. Please place it under the category “Blake’s Philosophy of Art” and don’t forget to create tags (as many as you want).

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I’ve included below an interesting film clip on William and Catherine Blake’s life from the BBC documentary “Blake: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”:

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