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Illustration 3 to Milton's "Paradise Lost": Christ Offers to Redeem Man

Date: 1807
10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (25.7 x 20.9 cm.)
Medium: pen and watercolor
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Signed in lower right: 180[cut off, except for what may be the bottom of a 7] / WB
Object Number: 000.4
Label Text:Christ, assuming a posture prophetic of his crucifixion, comes before God the Father and offers to atone for human sins. Attendant angels "cast their crowns" below God's throne while an unhappy Satan hovers below on bat-like wings. The weak, slumping figure of God the Father suggests that Blake, like many readers of Paradise Lost, found Milton's characterization of divinity less convincing than his presentation of Satan, evil yet fascinating.