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John Henry Fuseli/ Johann Heinrich Füssli, St John's Vision of The Seven Candlesticks


Ivor Braka Ltd, London

Date: 1796
Technique: Oil on canvas, 1320 x 1010 mm

At the beginning of Revelation, St John describes being struck down 'as if dead' by the vision of a white-clad Christ in the midst of seven golden candles. Fuseli's painting plays on the contrast between the heavy, material body of the long-limbed St John, and the supreme grace of the deity. The low viewpoint, and the high-waisted costume of Christ (perhaps suggestive of contemporary female costumes) further enhances this effect.

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