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The Plains of Heaven

Photo credit: Tate

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This is the second picture in Martin's great triptych, known as the 'Judgement Series'. Along with the other two vast panels, 'The Last Judgement' and 'The Great Day of His Wrath' (both Tate, T01927 and N05613), 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 typically Romantic: to express the sublime, apocalyptic force of nature and the helplessness of man to combat God's will.

Tate Britain





Oil on canvas


H 198.8 x W 306.7 cm

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Bequeathed by Charlotte Frank in memory of her husband Robert Frank 1974

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