Hans Memling ca. 1433 – 1494

Saint John on Pathmos

oil on panel (176 × 79 cm) — 1479 Museum Memling Museum, St.John's Hospital, Bruges

Hans Memling biography

This work is linked to Revelation 1:9

Tradition has it that St. John the Evangelist, while exiled on the isle of Pathmos in the Aegean Sea, wrote down several letters and visions. These were compiled as the Revelation of St. John.

The panel is the right wing of a triptych that served as an altarpiece: the "altar of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist". It was made for St. John's Hospital in Bruges, where it remains.

The left panel shows the Death of the Baptist; on the center panel a Sacra Conversazione is depicted.

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