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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 2, line 1

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council, from John Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 2, line 1

1824
19th century
27.6 cm x 37.4 cm (10 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in.)

John Martin (Haydon Bridge (Northumberland), England, 1789 - 1854, Douglas (Isle of Man)) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Mezzotint and drypoint with rocker
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of the Still Water Foundation, 1996
Accession Number: 1996.260

Milton takes us inside "Pandemonium," where Satan sits enthroned on a massive black dome. The vastness of this interior space is incomprehensible, as row upon row of sinners multiplies into infinity. Rings of gaslights, like those seen in Martin’s time, illuminate the scene and reflect the artist’s attraction to the technological advances of nineteenth-century urban life.

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