Monday, December 02, 2019

'Ancient of Days'


London The Unfinished City
Urizen in William Blake's 'Ancient of Days'.

Sunday December 1, 2019

From Thursday November 28, 2019 (what would have been William Blake's 262nd birthday) to Sunday December 1, William Blake's 'Ancient of Days' painting, was projected onto the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral.

It was a cold afternoon as I, my two girls and my mum made our way along the Southbank towards the Tate Modern, and a spot where we would be able to see this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Arriving at the Tate Modern, we headed up to the viewing platform, which offered a more unobstructed view than from the riverside, but was far colder. After taking a few photos of the skyline, in the still light afternoon, we decided to take some shelter inside the cafe area and warmed up.

Just before 16:15, as the winter sky darkened, the painting began to emerge against the backdrop of the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. The colours, becoming more prominent with each passing minute. With the wind picking up we headed down to the riverside, which, despite its openness, was less cold. Go figure.

A few more photos of the dome, the painting, the various boats and bridges were taken, before we headed back towards the Southbank Centre, in search of some hot food and a drink.

Ancient of Days at St. Paul's Cathedral
From Thursday November 28, 2019 (what would have been William Blake's 262nd birthday) to Sunday December 1, William Blake's 'Ancient of Days' painting, was projected onto the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. 



William Blake

Born in London, William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker who was largely unrecognised during his lifetime. However, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.


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