English, 1789 - 1854

An Arcadian Landscape

Date: ca. 1810 - 1814

In this work of his early maturity, John Martin expressed several different concepts. One is the notion of “Arcadia.” Literally speaking, Arcadia was a region of ancient Greece. Figuratively speaking, the term is used to describe a quiet scene of simple pleasures or beauty. Here the term is well suited for a picture of an ideal landscape panorama. The people in this painting are much smaller than their surroundings. With that device the artist suggests the sublime quality of nature.

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Medium: Oil on canvas

Inscriptions: Signed in lower left "J. Martin"

Dimensions: H: 25 x W: 36 1/2 in.

Place: England

Accession: 0112

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Paintings - Landscapes

Tags: Arcadia

Purchased March, 1988 from David Carritt, Limited.