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Saint John the Evangelist

1875 Thomas Ball Born: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1819 Died: Montclair, New Jersey 1911 marble 46 7/8 x 17 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (119.1 x 44.5 x 48.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Robert and Judith Bahssin 1990.26 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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“It is impossible to conceive . . . how much the beauty of a work of art may be enhanced by a judicious arrangement . . . Indeed, when I first saw the statue in their house, I could hardly believe I had made it. This statue has always been a favorite with all, among my works.” Thomas Ball, My Fourscore Years

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Saint John the Evangelist was one of the few allegorical sculptures that Thomas Ball made in his life. It was a private commission that Ball agreed to do partly because of his own deep religious faith. The idealized style and white marble present him as a holy, inspired man. Ball took great pride in this statue because his friend Hiram Powers, the most prominent and controversial American sculptor of the day, had said it was his finest work.

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Dress - historic - classical dress

Religion - saint - St. John

sculpture

stone - marble

About Thomas Ball

Born: Charlestown, Massachusetts 1819 Died: Montclair, New Jersey 1911

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