The Edge of Doom  1838

by Samuel Colman

In The Edge of Doom, Samuel Colman paints the ultimate disaster: the destruction of the world. Lightning was particularly suited for evoking the emotions of awe and terror associated with the Sublime notion of nature. Here, it strikes erratically, blasting classical buildings, carriages, paintings, and even Time (a figure with an hourglass and scythe) to create a central g...
54 x 78 1/2 in. (137.2 x 199.4 cm)
Oil on canvas
Public Domain, Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

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