The Great Day of His Wrath, 1851-3; Tate
Tate Britain has come up with an interesting way to introduce the painting of Victorian melodramatist, John Martin, to potential visitors. The gallery’s forthcoming show of his work, Apocalypse, gets its very own filmic trailer…
In the mid-nineteenth century, Martin was a chief exponent of Armageddon-infused painting on an epic scale; the end-of-the-world summer blockbuster of its day. Viewed today, his canvases have a certain sci-fi quality to them – a distant echo of the work of sci-fi artists Chris Foss and Tony Roberts, the animation design of Ray Harryhausen, perhaps even the computed-generated realms of George Lucas and Peter Jackson.
Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, 1852; oil on canvas, 136.3 x 212.3 cm. Laing Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
And before the show opens at Tate Britain on September 21, you can get up close to Martin’s The Great Day of His Wrath (yes, it’s even more impressive than the 569 pixels-wide replication above), over at the Google Art Project, here.
More details on Apocalypse at the Tate Britain website.