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Describe the term Sublime Illustrating your definition through reference to the work of Two of these artists Turner Martin de Loutherbourg Danby Ward The Sublime is a term that has had several meanings over a period of time The earlier usage would have been to describe very emotional scenes depicting romance love and glory Later Sublime was used to mean deep thought provoking paintings of power mans subordination to the powers of nature and dark emotions This later meaning of the word is the one to which I will compare Turner and Martins work Turners early work was more accessible than his later almost abstract work however the work during his later years would possibly be easiest to find the elements of the Sublime One prominent painting which exemplifies this theory is Hannibal and his army crossing the Alps exh 1812 this painting has a great deal of dark emotions running through it The small area along the bottom depicting Hannibles army raping murdering and torturing many people The painting also shows the other element of the Sublime mans subordination to nature The way Turner has shown this is the way he has used space on the canvas the human element of the painting being a relatively small area compared with the raging storm over head This symbolises that no matter how powerful the army may be nature is always more powerful The choice of colours is also symbolistic of the emotions with dark greys and blacks with red and orange across the bottom showing the blood spilt Turner also used the theme of mans subordination to nature many times such as in Shipwreck exh 1805 in this painting he uses the layout of the boats bringing the spectator into the painting with this in mind using the sail he creates an agitated lozenge where it seems as though the sea is really moving The life boat is shown with a
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