The art museum of Sheffield, U.K. is currently hosting a retrospective of the paintings of John Martin (1789–1854).
Martin’s grand apocalyptic vision has inspired movie makers and rock ‘n’ rollers for decades. This is the first exhibition of his work for 30 years.
Martin had a lot of bad luck. His father, mother, grandmother and young son all died in a single year. One of his paintings, accepted and hung in the Royal Academy, was destroyed when a careless worker spilled a pot of dark varnish all over it. His painting “Belshazzar’s Feast” was nearly ruined when the carriage transporting it was struck by a train.
The exhibit will continue until September 4 and then move on to the Tate in London.
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Museums of Sheffield John Martin exhibition
Wikipedia on John Martin
Book: John Martin: Apocalypse Now!
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