The Great Red Dragon paintings

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William Blake (British, 1757–1827) The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun (Rev. 12: 1–4), ca. 1803–1805 – Brooklyn Museum
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun (National Gallery)
The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea
The Number of the Beast is 666

The Great Red Dragon paintings is a series of watercolour paintings by the English poet and painter William Blake, painted between 1805 and 1810.[1] It was during this period that Blake was commissioned to create over a hundred paintings intended to illustrate books of the Bible. These paintings depict "The Great Red Dragon" in various scenes from the Book of Revelation.

And behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth.

— (Rev. 12:3–4, KJV)

The paintings[edit]

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun[edit]

Height: 43.7 cm, Width: 34.8 cm[2]

Housed at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun[edit]

This image is similar to the work with a similar name in the Brooklyn Museum (see above) but the subject is shown from a different viewpoint and the figures are in different positions. Height: 40.8 cm, Width: 33.7 cm[3]

Housed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C..

The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea[edit]

Height: 40.1 cm, Width: 35.6 cm[4]

Housed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C..

The Number of the Beast is 666[edit]

Height: 40.6 cm, Width: 33.0 cm[5]

Housed at: the Rosenbach Museum & Library

In media[edit]

The painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun plays a prominent role in Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon (the book misnames it The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun), its film adaptations Manhunter and Red Dragon, and the TV series Hannibal. The primary antagonist Francis Dolarhyde has an obsession with the painting. Dolarhyde believes the dragon exudes strength and power, so he murders entire families to "become" the dragon. He visits the Brooklyn Museum and eats the painting. Dolarhyde has a tattoo of the dragon across his back.

The painting is referenced as King Ghidorah in the 2019 movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

It has been used as the Oxford World's Classics front cover of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artcyclopedia
  2. ^ Brooklyn Museum
  3. ^ National Gallery of Art
  4. ^ National Gallery of Art
  5. ^ Rosenbach Museum & Library
  6. ^ "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner". Oxford World's Classics. Oxford University Press.