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Saint John on Patmos

ca. 1450–1500
Made in Demotte, Burgundy, France
Limestone, originally polychromed.
Overall: 36 1/2 x 31 3/4 x 20 1/4 in. (92.7 x 80.6 x 51.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until 1917)
"The Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 13, no. 3 (March 1918). p. 61.

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