Analysis Of John Martin 's ' The Great Day Of His Wrath '

1892 Words Oct 30th, 2015 8 Pages
John Martin’s painting “The Great Day of His Wrath” and Georges Méliès film, “A Trip to the Moon” are both associated with fantasy and illusion and play between reality and representation through scientific dimensions and science fiction. Martin was an English Romantic painter, engraver, and illustrator. Famous works of his include “The Last Judgment,” “The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,” and “The Plains of Heaven .” His work has influenced many moviemakers and directors such as George Lucas, D.W. Griffith, and Cecil B. DeMille. Méliès was a French illusionist and filmmaker. He introduced new techniques and contributed storyline developments in cinema. His films include “The Impossible Voyage,” “The Haunted Castle,” and “A Trip to the Moon.” Both works of art were created with different materials; one is a film and the other is a painting. However, these creations have multiple convincing and relatable assets that include their content, purpose, their effect on modern day filmmaking, and ideas and concepts on how to portray and visualize the opening/existence to parallel universes or worlds outside of ours. Let’s begin with Martin’s painting; this painting is very different than many other paintings of its era; it was displayed somewhat of a diorama or as a show. As it is mentioned in Myrone’s book John Martin: Apocalypse (2011), this ten foot painting would be exhibited in front of an audience, with dramatic lights glaring on it and a live orchestra, who would play to…
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