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Saint John on Patmos
German, South

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 German, South
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 Room 65
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