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Thursday, June 13, 2013

John Martin ( 1789 – 1854) was an English Romantic painter, engraver and illustrator.


English Romantic painter and mezzotint engraver, celebrated for his melodramatic scenes of cataclysmic events crowded with tiny figures placed in vast architectural or landscape settings. He caught the public imagination with spectacular paintings such as Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still (1816, United Grand Lodge of Great Britain, London), the work that made his reputation, and in 1821 Lawrence referred to him as ‘the most popular painter of the day’. His work was indeed truly popular, for he made his living mainly through the sale of prints of his pictures rather than the paintings themselves. He became famous in France as well as Britain, he was knighted by Leopold I of Belgium, and his influence was felt by American artists such as Cole. However, while he pleased a large public and was regarded by some admirers as one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived.
The Bard, 1817
Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion
The Plains of Heaven, 1851
Destruction of Tyre, 1840
The Seventh Plague of Egypt
The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, 1852
Adam and Eve Entertaining the Angel Raphael
Alexander and Diogenes
Watching the Apocalypse
Manfred and the Witch of the Alps
The Great Day of His Wrath
Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still upon Gibeon 1816
The Last Judgement, 1853
Battle Scene
Fallen angels in Hell
The Canyon of Yellowstone
In the Style
Pandemonium
Marcus Curtius
Satan
The Prophecy
The Repentance of Nineveh
The Last Man

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