John Martin is the first major exhibition of the work of this sensationalist Victorian artist for over 40 years. Famous in his lifetime for his dramatic and unusual paintings, Martin has since fallen from favour, overshadowed by his contemporaries. This exhibition seeks to restore his position, reacquainting the world with his epic images of tragedy and apocalypse, as well as his quieter landscapes.Martin was born in the North of England, and it was possibly the craggy landscape of his Northumbrian home that inspired his love of visual drama. Favouring biblical scenes throughout his career, he brought his distinctive wide-screen impact to episodes such as Belshazzar's feast, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and scenes from Exodus and Revelations, all of which can be seen here alongside images of myth and both classical and contemporary landscapes.In addition to Martin's large-scale paintings, the exhibition includes some of the mezzotint copies he made of the works for popular purchase. Martin's watercolours also feature, as well as some of the books that inspired his images.
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