fall-of-babylon (Image: John Martin; The Fall of Babylon)

With its fierce storm sky engulfing the mighty ziggurat and exaggerated lightning bolts smiting Babylon, John Martin‘s epic scene seems almost more like a digital manipulation worthy of Deviant Art than the work of a God-fearing Victorian painter.

Born in 1789 in a one room cottage in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, Martin was known for his large-scale landscape paintings depicting scenes of biblical destruction from the Old and New Testament alike, as well as John Milton’s Paradise Lost. In addition to The Fall of Babylon (above), other famous works include The Evening of the Deluge, The Great Day of His Wrath, Destruction of Tyre and The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Destruction-of-Tyre (Image: John Martin; Destruction of Tyre)

The-Great-Day-of-His-Wrath (Image: John Martin; The Great Day of His Wrath)

destruction-of-sodom-and-gomorrah (Image: John Martin; The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah)

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