Blake’s House of Death, or Lazar house, is the most horrifying picture of mortality, of death and light I have seen, - the main figure floating, its almost a tyrannical being, and that scroll, it seems like through it the life and light has been cut off, death. To the right is the strange unliving creature holding a knife, perhaps the knife which severs the light from the body. The physical and spiritual are artificially separated by what I think is a scroll, stretched out from hand to hand by the patriarchal God like being, floating Ghost like above the decaying forms on the slab.
Compare the complete contrast with this image, where the body lay sleeping, all colour removed, while a rainbow hovers above. In this image the light is not removed from the body, or separated by a scroll or Holy Writ, but emanates from it, while other beings, emanating light, guard over the body.
And yet this strange image here of Ezekiel’s chariot, with the same patriarchal figure hovering above, - and now look at the last judgement, observe the inner details of the minute images, the finer details.
Now look at this copy.
What is going on, what is death, and what does it reveal about Blake’s conception of Life. . . What is the symbolic form and iconography of the images themselves, look deeply into the details. There is a relationship going on here between all four images.
There is a great unfolding mystery here.
What is going on with the parody of Swedenbodg’s De Coela in the marriage of Heaven and Hell, what did Blake mean by as a New Heaven is Begun, surely he didn’t mean we have the power to make the Heavens? Or did he?
What is the mysterious power of creation, and its relation to life and death, he is unleashing in these images, and their bizarre inter-relationship of hidden symbols and icons.
I found a copy of this on line in the old elibris/ estate books data bases.
It's a copy of the Ahiman Rezon, or the Holy Book of the Free Masons, I got it to look into the symbolic relationship between Urizen, and the Great Architect, and Blake's conception of the God of Matter and Form - it's interesting to note the dialectic between the two. Blake personifies Urizen as a God of space and cold reason, calculation, the Masons worship geometry, and the symbolic relationship of space to power, authority, and structure.
There is something really dark and mysterious going on here. You will find symbols Masonic and icons in all of the above images, and through out msot of Blake's work.