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Vision de Saint Jean a Patmos

1898 Ethel Isadore Brown Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1871 oil on canvas 53 7/8 x 45 5/8 in. (137.0 x 115.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Frances Smyth 1972.148 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 7B

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This painting shows Saint John the Evangelist, who was exiled to the Greek island of Patmos in the first century AD. He had a series of prophecies that inspired him to write the Book of Revelation, predicting the second coming of Christ. Ethel Isadore Brown based this image on John’s description of the angel who told him to write everything down: “I saw seven gold lampstands, and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe . . . In His right hand He had seven stars; from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword . . .” (Revelation 1:12-16). This piece, created in 1898, was probably inspired by the fervent religious activity and increasing “millennial visions” around the world as the end of the century approached.


Landscape - coast

Religion - angel

Religion - saint - St. John

State of being - phenomenon - vision


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Ethel Isadore Brown

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1871

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