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"St. John on Patmos", Hans Baldung (Green) - description of the painting

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St. John on Patmos - Hans Baldung (Green). 87.3x75.6

This work depicts John the Theologian during his stay on Patmoswhere he was exiled by Emperor Domitian for his testimony of Jesus Christ. According to tradition, he is busy writing the Apocalypse. The artist, following the Holy Scriptures, depicts John in a desert landscape at work. In front of him there is a "dressed in the sun, with a month at her feet" Madonna with a baby in her arms. John is shocked and delighted with the vision of the Virgin in a luminous cloud. Exquisite paintings of nature appear in the background, in the image of which the artist achieved the skill of a sophisticated landscape painter. The biblical episode, so beloved by northern artists, is revealed by Baldung Green in an unusually calm manner.

Eaglewho has very sharp eyesight, was chosen as a symbol of St. John, since his writings contain the most direct and spiritually filled descriptions of God. The bird landed on a book, skillfully depicted in a complex perspective. Green and gold contrast with the black plumage of the eagle, emphasizing the contours of the bird.

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