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When the Morning Stars Sang Together [The Creation]

William Blake’s exploration of the Old Testament story of Job, which inspired the artist for over thirty years, culminated in the twenty-one prints for this series. Considered one of Blake’s greatest achievements, these illustrations combine expert craftsmanship with complex conception and design. More than literal interpretations of the biblical text, they incorporate elements of the artist’s own allegorical vocabulary and allusions to other biblical passages. Blake’s cosmology appears throughout the narrative, often in relationship to Job’s emotional state. This plate represent the moment of redemption—the start of Job’s “new life.”

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes a complete proof set of prints from the series (Eskenazi Museum of Art 70.70.1–.22).

William Blake
English, 1757–1827
When the Morning Stars Sang Together [The Creation], Plate 14 from the Book of Job
1825 (published 1826)
Engraving on paper
Image: 7 5/8 x 5 15/16 in. (19.4 x 15.1 cm); plate: 8 1/16 x 6 7/16 in. (20.5 x 16.4 cm); sheet: 16 7/8 x 13 in. (42.9 x 33.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.70.15