The Art of the Sublime

Frederic, Lord Leighton And the Sea Gave Up the Dead Which Were in It exhibited 1892

Frederic, Lord Leighton 'And the Sea Gave Up the Dead Which Were in It' exhibited 1892
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Frederic, Lord Leighton 1830–1896
And the Sea Gave Up the Dead Which Were in It exhibited 1892
Oil paint on canvas
support: 2286 x 2286 mm
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Tate N01511
Dramatic in scale and execution, Leighton’s design depicting the resurrection of the dead before the Last Judgement (Book of Revelation) was originally created for the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Leighton may have used Michelangelo’s Last Judgement from the Sistine Chapel, Rome as an inspiration. Figures are shown rising out of tombs or the depths of a vast ocean. The main group are a husband, wife and child who have emerged united. Their posture and skin tones underline the stages of resurrection, from the limpness and pallor of death to the vigour and reddish hue of renewed life.

How to cite

Frederic, Lord Leighton, And the Sea Gave Up the Dead Which Were in It exhibited 1892, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, January 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/the-sublime/frederic-lord-leighton-and-the-sea-gave-up-the-dead-which-were-in-it-r1105593, accessed 03 August 2015.