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William Blake : “Angel of the Divine Presence Bringing Eve to Adam” (c. 1803)

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In Genesis 2, God places Adam in a deep sleep and creates Eve from his rib. Here, Blake imagines Adam’s wakening as tender sequel to Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam. Rather than bestowing life at the touch of a finger, the Angel of Divine Presence joins his hand to Eve’s.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art explicates the painting’s elaborate symbolism: “the grape vines entwined around the tree symbolize marriage; the exotic red and blue plumed birds represent the newly created souls; and the giant oak leaf on which Adam reclines forecasts humankind’s suffering. A lion dozing near grazing lambs at lower right signals the peace of the pre-fallen world.”

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