Illustration from a 1975 edition of Beowulf

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This striking monochrome illustration, created in 1975 by Vladimir Noskov, is just one example of how artists have responded to Beowulf, one of the most important epic poems in Old English. Noskov portrays the moment that Beowulf surfaces from the lake, having killed Grendel’s mother and severed the head of Grendel, which drips blood. Beowulf’s fellow warriors are drawn in the background in a strong defensive line, seeming to create a barrier between the natural world and the action of the hero.

The work is found in the collection of the Russian State Library, Moscow.

Full title:
Illustration from the English epic poem Beowulf, 1975. Artist: Vladimir Noskov
Format:
Illustration
Creator:
Vladimir Noskov [artist]
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