The John Martin “Apocolypse” exhibition is drawing to a close next weekend at London’s Tate Britain. I went to visit this exhibition just before Christmas, after seeing the posters that have been displayed over tube stations across the city. Having never previously come across John Martin’s work, and with a very minimal knowledge of both the biblical stories and classics such as Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, of which the images predominantly depict, I was mainly drawn to the images swirling compositions and vivid burning colours. Some of the larger paintings are particularly impressive, and it’s quite clear how these Victorian images of hell on earth have inspired the production design of many a sci-fi film since. They have an interesting “theatrical” display of some of the paintings, which plays every half hour that I quite enjoyed but could tell annoyed some of the other visitors. They attempt to recreate the touring shows that would have originally shown the paintings to large crowds with dramatic narration.