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Creator:
John Martin, 1789–1854, British
Title:
Belshazzar's Feast
Date:
1820
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 31 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches (80 x 120.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated, lower left: "J. Martin 1820"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.440
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
architectural | banquet | Bible | chaos | columns (architectural elements) | concubines | courtiers | death | drinking | feast | food | king (person) | lightning | meteorology | night | Old Testament | palace | prophet | religious and mythological subject | storm | wives
Associated Places:
Babylon | Iraq
Access:
On view
Exhibition History:
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Darkness Visible - The Prints of John Martin (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1986-09 - 1987-07-21)

Panoramania (Barbican Art Gallery, 1988-11-03 - 1989-01-15)

Babylon (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2008-06-26 - 2008-10-05)

Babylon (Musée du Louvre, 2008-03-10 - 2008-06-02)

John Martin (Tate Britain, 2011-09-21 - 2012-01-15)

John Martin (Museums Sheffield, 2011-06-22 - 2011-09-04)

John Martin (Laing Art Gallery, 2011-03-05 - 2011-06-05)

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26)

Thomas Cole's Journey - Atlantic Crossings (National Gallery, London, 2018-06-13 - 2018-10-07)

Thomas Cole's Journey - Atlantic Crossings (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018-01-29 - 2018-05-13)

Publications:
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Christine Alexander, "The Burning Clime" : Charlotte Bronte and John Martin, Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 50, Berkeley, Calif., December 1995, pp. 288-289, 291-292, 298, fig. 1, la105 N622 (YCBA)

Christine Alexander, "The Burning Clime" : Charlotte Bronte and John Martin, Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 50, Berkeley, Calif., December 1995, pp. 288-289, 291-292, 298, fig. 1, available online via JSTOR

Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, Ind., 1968, pp. cxiii, cxvi, BH181 B87 1968 (YCBA)

William Feaver, The Art of John Martin, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1975, pp. 43-44, 49-55, NJ18 M39 F43 (YCBA)

William Feaver, The Revelations of John Martin, Sunday Times, London, November 26, 1972, pp. 53, 61, available online via ProQuest

Richard Green Gallery (Client), 'John Martin : Apocalypse,' Tate Britain, London, 21 September 2011-15 January 2012, British Art Journal, vol. 12, London, Winter 2011-2012, p. 98, N6761 +B74 Oversize (YCBA)

Richard Green Gallery (Client), 'John Martin : Apocalypse,' Tate Britain, London, 21 September 2011-15 January 2012, British Art Journal, vol. 12, London, Winter 2011-2012, p. 98, available online via JSTOR

Andrew Hemingway, Transatlantic Romanticism : British and American art and literature, 1790/1860, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst and Boston, 2015, pp. 122-43 and color plate section, color pl. 10, NX452.5.R64 T73 2015 (YCBA)

Andrew Hemingway, Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic : Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850, Leiden, 2017, p. 161, fig. 2, HX521 H46 2017 (YCBA)

Anne Hollander, Moving pictures, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1989, pp. 283-284, 286-287, figs. 10, 12, PN1995 H614 1989

Ralph Hyde, Panoramania!, Trefoil Publications, London, 1988, pp. 105, 123, no. 109, N7436.5 H93 (YCBA)

Christopher Johnstone, John Martin, Academy Editions, London, 1974, pp. 10, 14-17, 37, NJ18 M39 +J65 Oversize (YCBA)

Christopher Johnstone, John Martin, Master of the Mezzotint, 1789-1854, an exhibition of mezzotints, 28 January-15th February 1974 at Alexander Postan Fine Art. , Alexander Postan Fine Art, London, 1974, p. 3, NJ18 M39 J64 (YCBA)

Laing Art Gallery, John Martin, 1789-1854 : Artist, Reformer, Engineer, 3rd October-1st November 1970 Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne , Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1970, pp. 5-7, NJ18 M39 +L35 Oversize (YCBA)

Lionel Lambourne, Victorian Painting, Phaidon, London, 1999, pp. 150, 159-161, pls. 179, 188, ND192 V5 L25 1999 (YCBA)

Charles Robert Leslie, Autiobiographical Recollections, EP Publishing, Ltd., Yorkshire, Eng., 1978, p. 110, NJ18 L5772 A3 1978 (YCBA)

John Martin, John Martin, Lampoon House, Tokyo, 1996, pp. 4-5, 24-25, NJ18 M39 +C2613 1996 Oversize (YCBA)

John Martin, John Martin, 1789-1854 : Loan Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Prints Held 30th Oct.-21st Nov. 1975 at Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Ltd., London, 1975, p. 30, NJ18 M39 H39 (YCBA)

John Martin, Belshazzar's Feast 1820 : The Tate Gallery, February and March 1989, Tate Publishing, London, 1989, pp. 1-8, NJ18 M39 A15 B4 1989 (YCBA)

Barbara C. Morden, John Martin : Apocalypse Now!, , Northumbria University Press, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2010, pp. 9, 12-14, 21-26, 39-40, 64-65, 91, NJ18 M39 +M67 2010 Oversize (YCBA)

Martin Myrone, John Martin, apocalypse , Tate Publishing, London, 2011, pp. 17, 19, 99-108, cat. no. 29, ig. 29, NJ18.M39 A12 2011 Oversize (YCBA)

Morton D. Paley, The Apocalyptic Sublime, Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 1986, pp. 128-138, 144-145, pl. VI, ND1432 G73 P34 1986

Mary L. Pendered, John Martin, Painter : His Life and Times, , Hurst & Blackett, London, 1923, pp. 102-108, NJ18 M39 P4 1923 (YCBA)

Jean Seznec, John Martin en France, Faber & Faber, London, 1964, pp. 11-12, NJ18 M39 S49 (YCBA)

A Description of the Pictures : The Fall of Babylon, Belshazzar's Feast, and The Destruction of Pompeii & Herculaneum Painted by John Martin : Now Exhibiting at Tate Britain, London, Tate Britain, London, 2011, pp. 3-4, V 2374 (YCBA)

John Martin : Apocalypse, Tate Britain, London, 2011, p. 11, V 2373 (YCBA)

Eric Wargo, Infinite Recess : Perspective and Play in Magritte's La Condition Humaine, Art History, vol. 25, February 2002, p. 63, N1 A75 (YCBA)

J. Dustin Wees, Darkness Visible : The Prints of John Martin, , Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., 1986, pp. 2-4, 8, 13, 30, 37, NJ18 M39 W44 (YCBA)

Gillen D'Arcy Wood, The Shock of the Real : Romanticism and Visual Culture, 1760-1860, , Palgrave Macmillan, New York, N.Y., 2001, pp. 92-93, fig 2.3, NX452.5 R64 W66 2001 (YCBA)

John Martin, The Illustrated Magazine of Art, vol. 3, New York, 1854, p. 344, WD 9149 (LSF)

John Martin, The Illustrated Magazine of Art, vol. 3, New York, 1854, p. 344, available online via JSTOR

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:924
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