William Blake Timeline

  • 1245

    Westminster Abbey

    Westminster Abbey
    Westminster Abbey was redone in the Gothic style. Blake spent years in the Abbey as an engraving apprentice and said gothicism impacted his art
  • 1490

    Vitruvian Man

    Vitruvian Man
    Leonardo da Vinci's work of the proportions of an idealized man.
  • 1501


    Michelangelo finished the David sculpture. Renaissance art and the idealized body had a large impact on Blake's art
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    Book by Milton, heavily inspired Blake because of its religious themes
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    The Enlightenment

    Era of rationality, logic, science and reason over religion. Long 18th century.
  • Heaven and Hell

    Heaven and Hell
    Emanuel Swedenborg book, Blake's later collection "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" responded to this with his own thoughts on the afterlife
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    Industrial Revolution

    Hand crafted goods became machine oriented, people left the country for factory work in tight apartments. Some Romantics saw it as a loss of humanization.
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    American Revolution

    Successful revolution against the British to establish a new country based in liberty, equality and freedom. Blake supported the revolution, as with many romantics because of its support of the individual
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    French Revolution

    Revolution against the French monarchy and Ancien Regime. Founded in beliefs of liberty and freedom, popular among Romantics. Romantics began to like it less as violence poured down
  • Death of Marat

    Death of Marat
    Jacques-Louis David iconic neoclassical painting. About French Revolution. Romanticism overlapped with neoclassicism and responded to it
  • The Ancient of Days

    The Ancient of Days
    Blake frontispiece, my paper topic!
  • Fishermen at Sea

    Fishermen at Sea
    JMW Turner painting, prominent romantic artist. His first painting in the Royal Academy
  • Lyrical Ballads

    Lyrical Ballads
    The official mark of the beginning of English Romanticism. Romantic poem collection by Wordsworth & Coleridge
  • Wanderer Above the Sea Fog

    Wanderer Above the Sea Fog
    Caspar David Friedrich painting, iconic romantic artwork, displays the experience of the sublime