The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Tate Britain and the British Council present ‘William Blake and British Visionary Art’.
The exhibition is open between 29 November 2011 and 19 February 2012 and introduces the art heritage of the English poet and artist William Blake (1757–1827), alongside works by such British masters of 19th – 20th century art as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Samuel Palmer, Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, Henry Fuseli, Francis Bacon and Cecil Collins, to a Moscow audience.
These artists, in one way or another, appreciated Blake's spiritual experience and embodied it in their art. The core of the exhibition focuses on etchings, watercolours and tempera by William Blake, including ‘The Judgment of Paris’, ‘Newton’, ‘Apostle Paul and a Snake’, ‘Brothers bowed down to Joseph’, ‘Damned Soul’, ‘Judgment Day’, ‘Pity’ and illustrations to Dante's ‘Divine Comedy’, Shakespeare, Milton and Henry Spencer.
Displayed together, these monuments will allow visitors not only to come closer to Blake’s complex messages but also to appreciate his contribution to the history of art.
Other project participants are the British Museum (London), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), National Portrait Gallery (London), the Fitzwilliam Museum (Сambridge), the Whitworth Gallery (Manchester), Petworth House (West Sussex), Britten-Pears Foundation (Aldeburgh).