1/27/11

John Martin, Paradise Lost - Satan Viewing the Ascent to Heaven (Book 3)


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Date: 1824-1825
Technique: Mezzotint with drypoint on laid paper, 35.8 x 25.7 cm

His traveled steps; far distant he describes
Ascending by degrees magnificent
Up to the wall of Heaven a structrue high:
At top whereof but far more rich, appeared
The work as of a kingly palace-gate,
...
The stairs were such as whereupon Jacob saw
Angels ascending and descending, bands
Of guardians bright...

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