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4 Responses to “William Blake, “Nebukadnezar” (1795)”

  1. aimee Says:

    this picture is wierd

  2. fred Says:

    so who created this piece? anyone know? I love it.

  3. fred Says:

    just had a blonde moment as you may have noticed, I didn’t get my morning coffee this morning so leave me alone:( and definately 4 get the above questions. lol.

  4. Michael Bryant Says:

    This is a brilliant painting by William Blake. He who wrote Songs of Innocence and of Experience and Tyger, Tyger (burning bright). I have used it as the logo of one of our websites: http://www.feralmale.com. The subject is Nebukadnezzar, an ancient Babylonian king. You can find a brief interpretation of the painting here:
    http://www.smb.museum/smb/babylon/show_text.php?page_id=1&child_id=70&lang=en

    but it’s a bit light.

    My interpretation is that Blake depicts his subject as a beast-like man, leonine with his flowing beard. His body is muscular like a comic-book werewolf, his beard is so long it drags on the ground, his nails have achieved claw-like length. However, his face is contorted with misery, fear and confusion. He is a beast at bay. He is a symbol of power brought down, the mighty fallen. Down but still dangerous. Perhaps he is in hell.

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