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Saint John the Evangelist

Valentin de Boulogne French

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The visionary evangelist is shown with his emblem, the eagle, and is interrupted while writing the opening line of his gospel: "In the beginning was the word . . ." As so often with Valentin, we seem to be in the presence of a real person who has taken on the role of the saint, colliding past with present and resulting in an image of compelling presence—a veritable "portrait" of the saint.

Saint John the Evangelist, Valentin de Boulogne (French, Coulommiers-en-Brie 1591–1632 Rome), Oil on canvas

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