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This is the third picture in Martin's great triptych, known as the 'Judgement Series'. Along with the other two vast panels, 'The Last Judgement' and 'The Plains of Heaven' (Tate T01927 and T01928), it was inspired by Saint John the Divine's fantastic account of the Last Judgement given in Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. Martin's aim in producing this series was highly Romantic: to express the sublime, apocalyptic force of nature and the helplessness of man to combat God's will.
Oil on canvas
H 196.5 x W 303.2 cm