I really like this one - it's The Opening Of The Sixth Seal by Francis Danby which is in the National Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin. It's based on the passage from Revelations that runs;
'And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?'
And I think he did a fair job of illustrating that - it's a big painting and very punchy with the reds and blacks. Danby did a few disaster paintings including this, storms and shipwrecks and I think he's really good at capturing the immensity of nature and rendering that in relation to man.
It's a pity it didn't make the shortlist - I think Danby is a wonderful painter and quite unknown among the general population.
The Deluge - also by Francis Danby.
Last edited by Humbert; 16th April 2012 at 01:05 AM.
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