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Blake, William. Newton. 1804. The Tate, Britain. Wikipedia.org. 23 Aug. 2013. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.
What can be understood about the artist's feelings regarding the Enlightenment and scientific ideals of the 17th and 18th centuries?
Blake clearly respected Newton's contributions to new ideas by depicting his concentration and intense focus on his task.
Blake's decision to depict Newton like a Greek god demonstrated his preference for classical culture over Enlightenment ideals.
Blake's placement of a naked Newton on a rock was meant to bridge his beliefs in science and nature.
Blake's Newton is an unnatural fiend and a clear rejection of Enlightenment and scientific ideals.