In this Gallery talk, art historian Dr Patricia Andrew explores the world of this extraordinarily apocalyptic painting, produced by Winifred Knights as a competition entry for the 1920 scholarship of the British School at Rome. Both the theme and the size of the painting were set for the entrants, with a very limited period of time for execution. Despite submitting her entry unfinished, Knights won the award. The dramatic design and mood of the composition, and its very modernist yet narrative style, made a huge impact on viewers. The painting is on loan from Tate and currently hanging in theTrue to Lifeexhibition.