8 June 2009
GREEK (IONIAN ISLANDS), XVII CENTURY
57 by 45 cm.
The elderly saint is seated under a tall and leafy tree, next to him is his apocalyptic personification, the Eagle, holding an ink container with his beak, in the background are the buildings of a city, the composition on the upper left corner visualising the verses from the text of Revelation 12:1–5, according to which a brightly dressed woman who was standing on a moon crescent gave birth to a son was rescued by God from a seven-headed beast who sought to devour the child. The composition is executed with subdued colours, the skies rendered in gold. Whereas the vision of the saint derives from the Apocalypse, the inscription in his book suggests that instead he is writing his Gospel.
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