John Martin / Ruins of an Ancient City / 1920John Martin
Ruins of an Ancient City

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Creator Name: Martin, John
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1789 - 1854
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John Martin
Title: Ruins of an Ancient City
Title Type: Primary
Title: A Ruined City in a Classical Landscape
Title Type: Former
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1920
Creation End Date: 1920
Creation Date: 1920
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Oil on paper mounted on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 95.6cm x 118.6cm
Inscriptions: signed lower right: J. Martin
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1981.13
Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund
Context: 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.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1981.13
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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