Vision de Saint Jean a Patmos

Media - 1972.148 - SAAM-1972.148_1 - 4316
Copied Ethel Isadore Brown, Vision de Saint Jean a Patmos, 1898, oil on canvas, 53 7845 58 in. (137.0115.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Frances Smyth, 1972.148

Artwork Details

Vision de Saint Jean a Patmos
Not on view
53 7845 58 in. (137.0115.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Frances Smyth
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Landscape — coast
  • Religion — angel
Object Number

Artwork Description

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.