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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

William Blake (1757-1827) Laocoon: Manifesto over image

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William Blake Laocoon
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William Blake, a famous English poet, painter, and printmaker (1757-1827) created Laocoon as a sort of manifesto.

Laocoon is a graphic copy of the ancient sculpture, wrapped in Blake’s own philosophical text.

See some quotes from Blakes' texts below. Source:
http://penn.betatesters.com/laocoon.htm

"If Morality was Christianity, Socrates was the Savior.

Art Degraded, Imagination Denied, War Governed the Nations. Spiritual War: Israel deliver'd from Egypt, is Art deliver'd from Nature and Imitation. Hebrew Art is called sin by the Deist Science.

A Poet a Painter a Musician an Architect: the Man Or Woman who is not one of these is not a Christian.

The Unproductive Man is not a Christian, much less the Destroyer. You must leave Fathers & Mothers & Houses & Lands if they stand in the way of Art.

A Poet a Painter a Musician an Architect: the Man Or Woman who is not one of these is not a Christian. The Unproductive Man is not a Christian, much less the Destroyer. You must leave Fathers & Mothers & Houses & Lands if they stand in the way of Art.

For every Pleasure Money is useless.
Without Unceasing Practice nothing can be done. Practice is Art. If you leave off you are Lost.

The Whole Business of Man Is The Arts, & All Things Common. No Secresy in Art.
Christianity is Art & not Money. Money is its Curse.

Art can never exist without Naked Beauty display'd.

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