The Conversion of Saint Paul

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Unknown Artist
Italian, 15th century

About this artwork

The extraterrestrial quality of the apparition in the sky is this engraving’s most unusual aspect. This flying, saucerlike disk presumably bears the resurrected Christ’s appearance to Paul. Paul cowers with his hand up in the air to block out the blinding light, an expression of fright on his face. In this vision, Christ says to Paul, a notorious killer of Christians, “By persecuting my church you make it flourish, and only prick and hurt yourself.” Paul sees the light and may be depicted a second time at the back of the scene, preaching with his sword in hand.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

The Conversion of Saint Paul

Origin

Italy

Date

1401–1500

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

124 × 82 mm (plate); 125 × 84 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.990

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