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Saint John on Patmos

Date:
ca. 1450–1500
Geography:
Made in Demotte, Burgundy, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone, originally polychromed.
Dimensions:
Overall: 36 1/2 x 31 3/4 x 20 1/4 in. (92.7 x 80.6 x 51.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number:
17.120.4
  • Description

    Writing on a long scroll, the youthful saint records divinely inspired revelations. The composition conforms to a well-known type of the evangelist-author portrait, which shows the evangelists writing their Gospels. Due to his youthfulness, he probably represents Saint John, who, in addition to his own Gospel, was believed to have written the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) while living in exile on the Greek Island of Patmos. This episode is frequently portrayed in late medieval manuscripts.

  • Provenance

    Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until 1917)

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