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Planographic color printing with watercolor, pen and ink, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England.

William Blake (1757–1827), one of the greatest poets in the English language, is also considered among the most original visual artists of the Romantic era. In this print, he turns to the biblical book of Ruth for inspiration and portrays Naomi entreating her daughters-in-law Ruth and Orpah to return to the land of Moab.

Excerpted from Bible Odyssey.