In a vision Saint Augustine saw a child trying to empty the sea into a hole dug in the sand; when Augustine told him that this was impossible, the child replied that Augustine was engaged on the equally impossible task of explaining the Trinity.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1593 - after 1630
Full title
Fantastic Ruins with Saint Augustine and the Child
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
45.7 x 65.7 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Philip Sassoon Bt, GBE, through The Art Fund, 1923.
Inventory number
Location in Gallery