John Martin's Apocalyptic Vision

John Martin's The Great Day of His Wrath (1851-3) (detail), Photograph: Tate Bri
John Martin, The Great Day of His Wrath, 1851-3 (detail), Photograph: Tate Britain

Jonathan Jones blogs about British painter John Martin whose "fascination with disaster... bore no relation to real Victorian life... The fears, or secret dark desires, of Martin and his contemporaries were rooted in imagination, not reality." According to Jones, Martin's work begs the question of whether "our own sense of impending disaster [is] just a product of our febrile imaginations."

John Martin Apocalypse will be on view at Tate Britain from September 21, 2011 - January 15, 2012.