Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The End of the World is Nigh - Please Give Generously

....is one way to attract attention and donations, for the 'John Martin: Painting the Apocalypse' Exhibition at Sheffield's Millenium Galleries.


The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, John Martin,1852

Martin, who lived from 1789-1854, was one of the most popular artists of the 19th century, justly popular for his vast narratives, often dealing with apocalyptic scenes from the Bible or classical mythology.


The Great Day of His Wrath, John Martin, 1853

This particular work is part of his Last Judgement Trilogy, of massive scale and impressive detail; among the mass of teeming humanity falling into the abyss are a Cardinal or two, Popes and lawn-sleeved Bishops, together with one of those new-fangled Steam Locomotives and Carriages.

Well worth going to see - but how much do you tip for the Apocalypse?