The Arrival of Saint John on Patmos

Unknownabout 1255 - 1260

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

After Saint John miraculously survived being thrown in a cauldron of burning oil by the Emperor Domitian, the Emperor exiled him to the island of Patmos. Here one of Domitian's men pushes the saint from the boat. The green of the water extends completely around the abstractly rendered island, emphasizing John's complete seclusion. The illuminator expressed John's reluctance by having him look back over his shoulder as he is pushed forward.

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  • Title: The Arrival of Saint John on Patmos
  • Date Created: about 1255 - 1260
  • Location Created: London (probably), England
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.5 x h31.9 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=3323
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, colored washes, pen and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
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  • Subject: Boats, Saint John the Evangelist