By David Fallon
This publication presents compelling new readings of William Blake’s poetry and paintings, together with the 1st sustained account of his visionary work of Pitt and Nelson. It makes a speciality of the recurrent motif of apotheosis, either as a determine of political authority to be demystified but in addition as a picture of utopian threat. It reevaluates Blake’s dating to Enlightenment suggestion, fantasy, faith, and politics, from The French Revolution to Jerusalem and The Laocoön. The booklet combines cautious awareness to cultural and historic contexts with shut readings of the texts and designs, supplying an leading edge account of Blake’s artistic adjustments of Enlightenment, classical, and Christian thought.
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37 Christianity is founded on the paradox of a god who became incarnate and then rose to immortality after death in order to transform mankind and, as such, it was vulnerable to attacks by deists and sceptics for being merely a variant of pagan apotheosis. 38 In the scriptures, a number of events have been construed as apotheoses. For example, many eighteenth-century Christians believed that when in Genesis 5:24 Enoch ‘walked with God: and he was not; for God took him’ and in 2 Kings 2:1–14 Elijah is swept up in a chariot of fire and a whirlwind the patriarchs were truly translated.
Other Christian Euhemerists identified apotheosis with political cults.
14 The central panel, The Apotheosis of James I, depicts him with a halo, borne into the sky by a Jovian eagle that clutches lightning. James looks towards ‘THE DEEP INDELIBLE STAIN’: APOTHEOSIS IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 35 Justice, who guides him heavenwards. In the second panel, The Peaceful Reign of James I, allegorical images surrounding the beatific king testify to his virtues. The final panel depicts The Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland. 15 Charles I commissioned this propaganda piece, which gives divine sanction to the Union and the legitimacy of the Stuart succession.