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
Artist dates
about 1593 - after 1630
Full title
Fantastic Ruins with Saint Augustine and the Child
Date made
1623
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
45.7 x 65.7 cm
Inscription summary
Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Philip Sassoon Bt, GBE, through The Art Fund, 1923.
Inventory number
NG3811
Location in Gallery