Friday, May 06, 2011

The Ghost of a Flea

This is how we do images. Find an image and 'copy image location';
click on the add image icon in the post.
Select right, left, or center and click on the add image at the bottom.
When it's done, click on the DONE icon.

It should come up. This one did, at the beginning of the post, which all of them do, but you may click on the white space then click on the picture.
you see little icons at the corner; you may drag them to reshape the picture.

This particular picture came from, which has a large group of Blake's pictures.

To move the picture to some other place copy it and paste it where you want it.
you now have two copies of it on your post; it's an easy matter to delete the first one if you want to.

Here's some material re The Ghost of a Flea:

From Wikipedea`

"The Ghost of a Flea is a small tempera mixture with gold painting on mahogany type tropical hardwood panel[1] by the English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake, held in the Tate Gallery, London. Completed between 1819 and 1820, it is part of a series of works depicting "Visionary Heads" commissioned by the watercolourist and astrologist John Varley (1788-1842).[2] Fantastic, spiritual art was very popular in Britain from around 1770 to 1830,[3] during this time Blake often worked on unearthly, supernatural panels to amuse and amaze his friends.[4]

At 21.4 cm x 16.2 cm [?] the work is a greatly reduced miniature portrait. Blake generally worked on a small scale; most of his illuminated pages, engravings and many of his paintings are only inches high.[5] Although Ghost of a Flea is one of Blake's smallest works, it is monumental in its imagination. Its tiny scale achieves its drama by contrasting the muscular bulk and apparent power of the creature against its incarnation in the panel as an insect.[6]"

For a very insightful discussion of this picture with suggestions as to Blake's circumstances leading to it, look at the Guardian.

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