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In John Martin's 1841 painting Pandemonium the artist imagines the capital city of hell as architecturally and spatially comparable to his own contemporary London. The English Romantic painter has, since his death, been a very difficult figure to categorise, indulging as he did in vast, epic, and melodramatic scenes of Romantic apocalypse. Yet, his Pandemonium fits neatly into the idiosyncratic and charismatic trajectory of early-eighteenth century English Romanticism, with its tendency towards imagined reproductions of 'historical landscapes'. Clearly an enthusiast for urban planning, Martin's vision of the capital city of hell is invigorated by the time he spent, some fifteen years before Pandemonium, moving away from painting and towards the orchestration of London's immense water and sewage problems, eventually playing a part in the creation of the Thames embankment. His futuristic and visionary systems laid the groundwork for the labyrinthine sewage works that snake beneath the city to this day.
Influenced by the large-scale works of J.M.W. Turner, Martin breathed new life into the wavering genre of the historical canvas-epic, first exhibiting Pandemonium at the Academy alongside The Celestial City and River of Bliss. What unifies these works is that they share a common lineage -they are all illustrative reproductions of scenes from John Milton's seminal poem Paradise Lost. Taking as his reference the text itself, Martin's vision still appears oddly akin to the ambitious building projects appearing in his contemporary London. Influenced too perhaps by the poet Lord Byron who likened the street Pall Mall with Hell, Martin allowed the dominant themes of apocalypse and the collapse of Empires to pervade his life's work. Comparable with many of the pre-Cinematic devices, such as the diorama or the panoramas, that began appearing in London's bustling entertainment scene, Martin's craft was without doubt a populist one. An immense influence on Hollywood epic cinema of the technicolor-era, Pandemonium is a searing vision of the apocalypse that is chillingly rooted in the present.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Pandemonium, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Pandemonium that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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