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William Blake (1757–1827)
"When the Morning Stars Sang Together"
ca. 1804–7
[Book of Job, no. 14]
Pen and black ink, watercolor, over traces of graphite
11 x 7 1/16 inches (280 x 179 mm)
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr. 1924; 2001.76
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The series of twenty-one watercolor illustrations for the Book of Job are one of Blake's supreme achievements. Here, God reenacts the creation of the world, while Job and his wife kneel below. The scene follows the moment in which Job challenged God to appear and explain why he deserved the succession of evils that devastated him. "Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind . . . Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? . . . When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

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