John Martin (British, 1789-1854)
Oil on paper, mounted on canvas, Framed: 118.5 x 142 x 8 cm (46 5/8 x 55 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 95.6 x 118.6 cm (37 5/8 x 46 11/16 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1981.13
The painting depicts an imagined scene of a ruined ancient city bathed in the nostalgic glow of twilight. The artist's detailed, almost archeological, interest in these Greek or Roman buildings is characteristic of Neoclassicism, although the composition---which plunges suddenly from the foreground into a deep valley---and dramatic lighting are typical of Romantic painting.
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