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John Martin Paperback – October 1, 2011

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Martin Myrone is curator of 18th & 19th Century British Art at Tate Britain and the author of The Blake Book and Henry Fuseli.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tate (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854378899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854378897
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,546,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Eggleton on September 25, 2011
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This is one of two long overdue books on painter John Martin. Though his work was done in the 1800's his influences span to modern day. He was the master of the Biblical apocalypse painting. The works are amazing and awesome in their granduer, and for the first time I can remember seeing in any book, the color reproductions contained in this book are stunning. For the artist and painter such as myself, this is an amazing learning experience to see paint application. I can't recommend this book enough, save to say I only wish it was a hardback as well. Martin's work has influenced filmmakers and most notably animator Ray Harryhausen over his filmmaking years. This book was worth the wait.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Roland on October 17, 2011
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John Martin's art was popular entertainment, as much or more than it was a refined product catering to the art establishment of his time. The vast canvases, as large as 10 by 13 feet, were impossible vistas, crammed with figures, metaphysical forces and architectural details that made them spectacles appreciated by thousands of viewers. The visionary quality of his work influenced film makers like Cecil de Mille in the 20th century, and it still has an incredible power and beauty in this age of computer animation and 3-D movies.

This book, John Martin: Apocalypse, is one of two published on the occasion of a major retrospective of his work at the Tate Museum. The other related to this exhibit I have not seen and can not comment upon. For those of us who love his work, and have had to rely on obscure books from the 1970s, it is a welcome examination and display of his work. The previous books had a very limited number of color plates, and those of his major paintings that were familiar, were often dark, eliminating much of the detail in the shadow areas. Indeed, paintings this large and detailed are difficult to reproduce. I think this one does an excellent job in bringing us a brighter, lighter view of these works, revealing more colors and intricacy. Are they more accurate? I can't say for most, but one of the paintings I did have the privilege to see in person, "The Eve Of The Deluge", looks very good here. Comparing various reproductions of "The Plains Of Heaven", a favorite work of many, we can now see considerably more detail and color variation in the forests in the fore and middle ground, lost in the earlier printings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By badger1 on April 21, 2012
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Based on the reviews, I was excited to get this book, then disappointed. I did expect more from the Tate where they had the opportunity to photograph the original works. Instead, I found the same images published everywhere, only a handful of color detail shots, just 9 double page color images (some are detail), and the Great Day of His Wrath is not only cropped, but a third of the painting is black due to a poor reproduction.

The book retails for $34.95. I wish that was all I paid.
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