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Finished in 1825, William Blake’s illustrations for the Book of Job were the last major completed series produced by the British visionary artist. They chart the woeful struggles of Job, a mortal who found himself caught in a wager between God and the Devil. The wager was about whether the mortal could maintain his faith if unfairness and cruelness was inflicted upon him and his family. God believed that he would be able to uphold it whilst the Devil thought that such interventions would make Job renounce his devotion.

As well as detailing Job’s unfolding story, these etchings, which are highlights of the State Art Collection, articulate Blake’s own faith in an anti-materialistic, personalized spiritual attitude to life on Earth and beyond. In response to these seminal works, Scottish artist and illustrator David Shrigley has created his own Book of Job especially for this exhibition.

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Represented artists: William Blake


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