Johnny’s Renaissance

This summer sees the works of one of Britain’s most important painters John Martin going on display at the Millennium Gallery.
From 22 June to 4 September, one of Britain’s most important painters of the 19th century will be celebrated, alongside the legacy his work has left behind.
John Martin: Painting the Apocalypse is the title of this exhibition, and will bring together over 50 of the artist's paintings from national, regional and private collections. It will also show how Martin’s works such as Belshazzar’s Feast (1820) and The Great Day of His Wrath (1851-53) have inspired popular culture from the fiction of H.G. Wells to the cinematic spectacle of George Lucas.
A pre-eminent figure in the 19th century art world, Martin produced some of the most arresting images of his time, taking inspiration from the grand biblical themes of the Old Testament and also the rugged environment of his north-eastern home.
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