Saint John the Evangelist

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.

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

Title
Saint John the Evangelist
Artist
Date
1875
Location
Dimensions
46 7817 1219 14 in. (119.144.548.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Robert and Judith Bahssin

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – historic – classical dress
Object Number
1990.26
Palette
Linked Open Data
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