A large apocalyptic scene with dark clouds and the earth being split by red lava dominate the painting. In the foreground on a rocky outcrop people cower while a freed slave stands, arms raised to the sky.

The Opening of the Sixth Seal Canvas Print

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This example of grand Romanticism illustrates a section from the Book of Revelations (6:12-17) in which, on the opening by God of the sixth seal on a scroll, the earth is torn apart and mankind descends into disarray. Danby's conspicuous departure from the biblical text is his inclusion of a crouching figure, similar to that adopted as the symbol of the Abolitionist movement, and a standing, liberated slave, who breaks the shackles around his wrists. The slave trade had been discontinued in 1807 in Britain but the bill for the abolition of slavery itself was not passed until 1833.


National Gallery of Ireland Canvas Prints feel like having the real painting on your wall. Printed on Hahnemuhle Leonardo Canvas using ultra chrome HDR pigment inks, our canvas prints come rolled in a protective tube with the painting's information.

In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the canvas should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its harmful UV rays.


Dimensions (including border) : 55 cm x 70 cm

Dimensions of image: 41 cm x 55 cm


Original Painting Information

Francis Danby, Irish, 1793-1851

The Opening of the Sixth Seal, 1828

Oil on canvas, 185 x 255 cm

Purchased, 1871



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