William Blake Elohim Creating Adam 1795–c. 1805

Artwork details

Artist
William Blake 1757–1827
Title
Elohim Creating Adam
Date 1795–c. 1805
Medium Colour print, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 431 x 536 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1939
Reference
N05055
Not on display

Display caption

Elohim is a Hebrew name for God. This picture illustrates the Book of Genesis:
‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground’. Adam is shown growing out of the earth, a piece of which Elohim holds in his left hand.

For Blake the God of the Old Testament was a false god. He believed the Fall of Man took place not in the Garden of Eden, but at the time of creation shown here, when man was dragged from the spiritual realm and made material.  

May 2003