The Plains of Heaven

John MartinAround 1851

Tate Britain

Tate Britain
London, United Kingdom

This is the second picture in Martin's triptych. Unlike the others it is characterised by tremendous tranquility and harmony. In the central panel, The Last Judgement, the good are shown assembling in 'the plains of heaven'. The celestial landscape continues into this picture, representing salvation. Martin included a number of poets and artists among the good, who are seen in white on the crest of the hill in the foreground of the picture. Behind them stretches the deep blue expanse of a heavenly lake, filled by the rushing water of the distant falls, and surrounded by majestic mountain scenery.


  • Title: The Plains of Heaven
  • Creator: John Martin
  • Creator Death Place: Douglas
  • Creator Birth Place: Haydon Bridge, United Kingdom
  • Date Created: Around 1851
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Charlotte Frank in memory of her husband Robert Frank 1974
  • Physical Dimensions: w3067 x h1988 mm
  • Original Title: The Plains of Heaven
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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