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'The Book of Revelation' (XXI, 10–27) ends the Bible with an account of St John’s vision of a new heaven and a new earth. The painting shows the moment when an angel carries St John away to a high mountain and shows him the new Jerusalem descending from heaven. Cano was commissioned in 1635 by the Hieronymite nuns of the convent of Santa Paula, Seville, to make a carved retable (screen) with ten paintings illustrating the story of St John the Evangelist. This is one of six paintings and two carvings actually completed by the artist before his departure for Madrid in 1638.

The Wallace Collection



Saint John the Evangelist's Vision of Jerusalem




oil on canvas


H 82.6 x W 43.8 cm

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acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1852; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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