1. Exquisite Tweets from @Blake2_0, @LatimerNell, @MichaelTCisco

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    I've seen the projection of the Ancient of Days on the dome of St Paul's and it is truly amazing. What a time to be a Blake scholar, when William Blake is literally the biggest artist in London.

    But...

    I'm going to lose my shit for a moment.

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    Jason Whittaker

    The Ancient of Days is usually interpreted as Urizen, not God in the conventional sense. When Blake paints figures holding pointy things (think Newton) This Is Not A Good Thing.

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    Jason Whittaker

    Urizen is first introduced in Visions of the Daughters of Albion as: "O Urizen! Creator of men! Mistaken Demon of heaven".

    Yes. That's right. A *demon".

    Basically, Urizen is Satan.

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    Jason Whittaker

    Blake is very explicit in his address to The Deists in Jerusalem:

    "their God is Satan, Named by the Divine Name Your Religion O Deists: Deism, is the Worship of the God of this World by the means of what you call Natural Religion and Natural Philosophy"

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    Jason Whittaker

    So, basically for the next few nights, St Paul's is dominated by a 30 meter high image of the God of this world, or Urizen...

    ... or Satan.

    The Church of England is saying COME AND WORSHIP AT THE TEMPLE OF SATAN!!!

    I find this funny as fuck.

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    Jason Whittaker

  2. I was aware of all you’ve outlined above. And to me, that’s what makes it a thought provoking powerful artistic statement. Satan as a concept, (as I’m sure you’re aware as a Blake scholar) is... complicated.

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    Nell Latimer

  3. Tweets do not do justice to Blake's ideas (though he did manage proverbs)

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    Jason Whittaker

  4. weren't the "calipers" more or less a symbol for "single vision and Newton's sleep"?

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    Michael T. Cisco

  5. I know. I was stunned on so many levels.

    Not least that it's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. While I made funny comments, I was literally blown away.

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    Jason Whittaker

    Only until Sunday, unfortunately - that's why I hot footed it over last night to see it.

    It is actually one of the most amazing things I've ever seen - the Ancient of Days dominating the skyline.

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    Jason Whittaker