Saint John was exiled to the island of Patmos where it is traditionally thought he experienced the divine revelations he recorded in the biblical Book of Revelation. Beside him his symbol, an eagle, rests upon a closed book.

This picture is probably south German in origin, from the area around Basel, though it shows strong Netherlandish influence.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Saint John on Patmos
Date made
about 1460-70
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
42.8 x 43.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by W.B. Chamberlin, 1937
Inventory number
NG4901
Location in Gallery