Date: April 15, 2010
Creator: Kidd, Elliott & Taylor, James David
Description: This poster discusses research on William Blake's modern-day influence on the visual word. Videre Verba are two Latin words that translate "to see words"; however, it will serve dual meaning for the author's purposes as it will also describe an under appreciated art form that uses both written words and visual images to involve its audience at a higher level. William Blake often used Videre Verba to express his art during the Romantic period of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Blake would etch with acid both the images and words of many of his most famous works in order to create the desired effect. Though in contemporary times most users of Videre Verba have abandoned etching as a media, some were still greatly influenced by Blake and drew inspiration from his work. Many creators of comic books, graphic novels, and even some children's books looked at and read William Blake's art and chose his Videre Verba style as a fitting method for their own projects. Because Blake's own work is mirrored and alluded to in modern pieces, it is clear that Blake is influential.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College