William Blake - "Elohim Creating Adam" (1795-1805). Colour print finished in ink and watercolour on paper; The Tate Galley, London.

"So God created man in his own image; in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them."
Genesis l. 27

"What is a man,
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.
Sure he that made us with such large discourse,
looking before and after gave us not
that capability and God-like reason
to fust in us unused"…
W. Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act IV, Sc.IV.

"One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame,and, indeed, any animal endued with life. Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed?
… After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter.
…I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself, or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man.
… No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success. Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me…"
M. Shelley, "Frankenstein", chapter IV

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