Vision de Saint Jean a Patmos

  • Ethel Isadore Brown, Vision de Saint Jean a Patmos, 1898, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Frances Smyth, 1972.148

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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.

Vision de Saint Jean a Patmos
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53 7/8 x 45 5/8 in. (137.0 x 115.8 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Frances Smyth

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape – coast
  • State of being – phenomenon – vision
  • Religion – angel
  • Religion – saint – St. John
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