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Artist William Blake lights up our skyline

Monday, 02 December 2019

if you walked past the School towards St Paul's Cathedral at night last weekend, you might have noticed something a bit special on the famous dome. Projected from the roof of the School, William Blake’s final masterpiece illuminated the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the artist’s birthday. The dramatic illustration Ancient of Days 1827 was described by Blake as ‘the best I have ever finished’ and will be visible across London this weekend. Tate Britain is currently staging the UK’s largest survey of works by Blake for a generation and has collaborated with St Paul’s Cathedral - home to the most visited Blake memorial in the UK - to recreate his vision on a monumental scale.

The project has been realised by Tate in collaboration with St Paul’s Cathedral, projection partners EMF Technology Ltd, and with the kind support of the Whitworth Art Gallery, The City of London, City of London School and animation director Sam Gainsborough. William Blake at Tate Britain is curated by Martin Myrone, Senior Curator, pre-1800 British Art, and Amy Concannon, Curator, British Art 1790-1850.

The William Blake exhibition is on at Tate Britain until 2 February 2020.

William Blake’s final masterpiece illuminated the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.
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