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St. John on the Island of Patmos

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1550/60

Artist:

Jean Duvet
French, 1485-after 1561

About this artwork

Also known as The Revelation of Saint John the Evangelist, this engraving shows the writer at work within a resplendent church interior rather than on a remote island. The book in his lap reads “In the beginning was the word,” the first verse of his gospel. The evangelist appears with his eyes shut, hand pressed to his brow as he searches for the next line. Inspiration cannot be far away, for John’s attribute, the eagle, is perched on his shoulders, giving him a borrowed pair of wings, with the Holy Trinity hovering in the air above to observe his progress.

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Artist

Jean Duvet

Title

St. John on the Island of Patmos

Origin

France

Date

1550–1560

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

297 × 211 mm (plate); 315 × 230 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1050

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