Both copies of …

Both copies of “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” can be interpreted by its audience to have striking contrasts being that they are the same image. The 1794’s Fitzwilliam copy seems to give off a much more luminous feel, whereas Morgan’s 1790’s version seems almost darker and more contrasting. However, I feel as though the Morgan version is much more lively and realistic in a sense, unlike the Fitzwilliam piece which almost has a warmer feel about it.

Although I favored the Morgan version more at the beginning, after gaining insight into the poem I feel as though the 1794 copy depicted the comparison between Heaven and Hell much more clearly than the 1790’s copy. In the poem, both plate 3 and plate 4 discuss the much of the ideas of energy and human existence. “From these contraries spring what the religious call Good & Evil. Good is the passive that obeys Reason Evil is the active springing from Energy. Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell.” (Plate 3) “1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that calld Body is a portion of Soul discernd by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age. 2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is bound or outward circumference of Energy.” (Plate 4) I feel that the colors used in the Fitzwilliam version captured these ideas, primarily through the uses of color representation. Unlike Morgan’s more earthy version, the Fitzwilliam copy seems to give off a clear distinction between what is Heaven (white) and what is Hell (red) and I also feel as though this copy embodies the idea between the body and the soul.


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