The Angel Appearing to Zacharias

William Blake British

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Blake devoted much of the year 1799–1800 to fifty biblical scenes drawn, a commission he received from his principal patron, the government clerk Thomas Butts. About thirty of these works have been identified; it is thought that some have not survived owing to the fragility of the materials. This scene illustrates verses from Luke (I:11–13), in which the archangel Gabriel appears to the righteous Zacharias, a high priest of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, to announce that Zacharias’s elderly and barren wife will give birth to a son, Saint John the Baptist.

The Angel Appearing to Zacharias, William Blake (British, London 1757–1827 London), Pen and black ink, tempera, and glue size on canvas

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