This article focuses on the work of William Blake (1757–1827), British artist, poet and engraver. Blake is discussed as a thinker opposed to the ‘tyranny of reason’ interpreted as rational philosophies promoted with a religious zeal. The visionary, mystical character of some of Blake's works is contrasted with his eclectic reading and sharp social criticism. Blake's work is related to the early discourse on science. The article is supported by the images of his two works, the ‘Ancient of Days’ and the ‘Newton’.
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