Creation of the World

William Blake. “Urizen as the Creator of the Material World” from Europe, A Prophecy. Printed by W. Blake, 1794. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress.

Blake published his book Europe a Prophecy in 1794. Only nine copies are known to exist today. In Blake's personal mythology, the character Urizen embodies conventional reason and law. He is usually drawn as a bearded old man, sometimes bearing architect's tools. Here, Blake depicts the creator figure within a blazing sun. The set of huge calipers alludes to the rationality of creation. Blake's use of color heightens the drama of the story of the world’s beginning.

William Blake

An inspired message related by a prophet; also, the process whereby a prophet relates inspired messages to others.

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