APOCALYPSE – John Martin – Tate Britain


Unfortunatly I couldn’t take any photos in the exhibit.

The Great Day of His Wrath

This was one of the best, (if not the best) exhibition I’ve ever been to. John Martin’s paintings of the apocalypse, the end of the world, the divide between heaven and hell, illustrations of Miltons Paradise Lost, vast chasms epic in size, the whole lot of it was breath-taking. He is up there with Rembrandt as one of the finest painters of all time. So much energy is depicted, his sublime use of chirascura emphasizes the importance of these chatastrophes. Humanitys last days on Earth as people are enveloped underneath the ground. The sky rolls up into papyrus and swamps the sinners. It’s beyond words really. The Great Day of His Wrath is perhaps my all time favourite painting ever. The Tate Britain did an incredible job of presenting this work, providing a cinema like area where the audience faces the painting, light effects highlight the action, and sound effects and naration bellows out descriptions of the chaos. Managed to grab one of the last exhibition posters on my way out – happy days.


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